Harvard University’s Defeating Malaria: From the Genes to the Globe initiative is a catalytic force to enhance and leverage linkages among the considerable knowledge base across the University and global health community. Through this initiative, Harvard and its partners are working to address urgent needs and drive ‘big ideas’ for malaria eradication, foster research development, enable innovation in education and training, and promote evidence-based decision making for malaria policy. Launched in 2012, the initiative is spearheaded by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in collaboration with the Harvard Global Health Institute, and in partnership with the United Nations Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030 and for Malaria.

Leveraging the breadth and depth of expertise of Harvard’s students, faculty, and alumni, Defeating Malaria represents a partnership and joint commitment with members of the malaria community in both the private and public sectors. Drawing upon specific strengths across the university, the initiative focuses on five cross-cutting themes where clear needs exist and Harvard has unique capabilities. The five areas of focus include: (1) education and leadership development; (2) science and its translation; (3) strategic decision making; (4) organizational and operational performance; and (5) communications and advocacy.

Work Supported by the Innovation Fund

Defeating Malaria’s Innovation Fund supports efforts from across Harvard University to expand the implementation of, and investment in, innovative and evidence-based practices to produce, transmit, and translate knowledge to control and eradicate malaria. The Innovation Fund is externally funded by supporters of Defeating Malaria and is limited to the initiative’s five thematic areas or priority areas identified by the Board.

The Innovation Fund seeds ideas and approaches that have the potential to deliver groundbreaking research for real-world impact, including efforts to change the way decision-makers think about malaria programs and the tools they have at their disposal to address this global public health challenge. New funding will support competitive projects (ranging from $175,000 to $500,000) that are interdisciplinary in nature, involving researchers from multiple schools or academic centers, and collaborators in malaria endemic countries.