Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation GIISER Grant awarded to Prof Penny Moore

29 September 2021

Prof. Penny Moore was recently awarded a Global Immunology and Immune Sequencing for Epidemic Response (GIISER) Grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This two-year project will leverage existing expertise at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and an international network of GIISER sites and contribute to a global effort to pre-emptively respond to emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern in the sub-Saharan region.

It will support and build immunological capacity at key sub-Saharan sites designated as African GIISER sites and in the longer term, develop capacity and readiness to respond to other emerging pathogens of public health importance, as part of a globally coordinated network. The Gates Foundation envisions the GIISER Program to be an integral part of country-led efforts to discover, develop and manufacture locally relevant vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics. 

Prof. Penny Moore