The Mérieux Foundation's grants program (April session 2022)



Location (s):

  • Worldwide


The Mérieux Foundation's grants program contributes towards financing projects that aim to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. The projects including as beneficiaries mothers and children will be given priority.


Selected projects will receive financial support of up to 5000 euros. Two annual sessions are organized to study the applications.

Organizations that meet the criteria below can apply via the online form available on this page.

  • September session - Deadline for submission of applications: August 1st
  • April session - Deadline for submission of applications: March 1st

Who We Are

An independent family foundation committed to fighting against infectious diseases affecting developing countries.A public health mission

The Mérieux Foundation, an independent family foundation with public interest status, is committed to fighting, in the field, the infectious diseases that affect developing countries by building capacities, particularly in clinical laboratories.

With its network of laboratories, the foundation’s work is focused on diagnosis, an essential aspect of patient care and an indispensable tool for disease surveillance and control. Taking a global health approach, the foundation also works in the field to help the most vulnerable, with a strong emphasis on mothers and children.

From its very beginning in 1967, the Mérieux Foundation has united public and private sector partners around a common mission. Active today in over twenty countries, the Foundation works to strengthen the skills of healthcare professionals in the field to ensure its programs have a long-lasting impact. It catalyzes local and international initiatives to help the most vulnerable populations gain fairer access to healthcare.

The Mérieux Foundation works closely with Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux, an independent family foundation under the aegis of the Institut de France, sharing the same public health goals.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Eligibility criteria for organizations

  • Registered with the authorities of the country
  • Status of association under the law of 1901 or recognized as a public utility or equivalent status for foreign structures,
  • Nonprofit and independent management,
  • Exclusive mission of public interest in connection with the Mérieux Foundation’s mandate: fight against the infectious diseases the affects the most vulnerable populations in developing countries, especially mothers and children,
  • Respect and sign the ethical principles of the Mérieux Foundation’s Charter: transparency, professionalism, quality, independence, non-discrimination, respect,
  • Not convicted (the organization or one of its member) of acts contrary to the principles stated above,
  • Not in bankruptcy or receivership.
  • Only projects implemented by local organizations will be studied.

Eligibility criteria for projects

  • Objectives and activities related to and consistent with the Mérieux Foundation’s mission and focusing on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis, neglected tropical diseases and other infectious diseases representing significant public health issues;
  • Projects taking a global approach to health, including physical, social and psychological aspects;
  • Projects based on a local needs assessment;
  • Projects proposing concrete solutions, beyond education and raising awareness;
  • Projects that are adapted to the population that is targeted and are long-term in nature;
  • Strong local involvement: links with local authorities, local associations and beneficiaries;
  • Harmonization with existing initiatives in the concerned location;
  • Respect of ethical principles and gender equality in the implementation of the project.


Deadline: March 01, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:

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