Our Social and Behavioral Research Grants Program funds locally led research to explore the social and behavioral drivers of vaccine acceptance and demand in low- and middle-income countries.
Multidisciplinary teams design, pilot, and evaluate community-based and social media interventions and deliver contextualized evidence and approaches to improve vaccination uptake.
$1.2M+Our grants program awarded over US$1.2 million to grant partners to support community-based research.
25Since 2019, we have awarded grants to 25 research projects.
15Our grant partners consist of a diverse multi-disciplinary group of researchers from 15 countries.
Our program encourages collaborative partnerships between academic researchers, health officials, and communities. Submitted proposals go through a rigorous selection process that includes assessment through an external, multidisciplinary peer review committee and a two-part internal review.
As part of the program, grant partners:
- Use quantitative and/or qualitative methods to illuminate the social and behavioral dimensions of vaccination at multiple levels
- Pilot and evaluate community-informed public health interventions to increase vaccine acceptance and demand, optimize vaccine delivery, and boost vaccine uptake
- Share evidence-based recommendations for immunization policy, programs, and practice
- Collaborate with other grant partners through the Grant Partner Coalition and share work through the Vaccination Acceptance Research Network (VARN)
Community-led Strategies to Aid Vaccine Acceptance
2021-2022 Social and Behavioral Grant Partners produced nine case studies to inform action and investment in three thematic areas: Structural Inequities in Vaccine Acceptance, Demand, Delivery, and Decision-Making; Perceptions Around Vaccines & Demand Generation; and Health Systems and Vaccination: Trust, Healthcare Workers, and Lived Experiences.
“Showing how you can do research, small-scale research, in a small context so that you can generate information for that setting and similar settings and then apply it to implementation, I think is great, it’s wonderful.”
Dr. Chizoba Wonodi
Founder/Convener, Women Advocates for Vaccine Access (WAVA) Nigeria
We make vaccines more accessible, enable innovation and expand immunization across the globe.