The WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs (GCM/NCD) is launching the first cycle of the Noncommunicable Disease Lab (NCD Lab), a new virtual platform that supports submissions that harness innovative solutions to accelerate progress towards achieving the NCD and NCD-related SDGs. 

The platform will receive submissions of innovative game-changing projects, whilst bringing stakeholders together to address a range of NCD challenges, to leverage the opportunities and maximize the benefits associated with addressing NCDs, which include their risk factors and determinants, to facilitate a strong, proactive, and integrated multisectoral and multistakeholder response.

Functioning as a WHO platform, it yields the tools to raise awareness of NCDs and can help identify innovative solutions and cross-cutting initiatives working towards reducing the global burden of NCDs and mental health conditions.

The first cycle of the NCD Lab will build on the relevance and success of the following Communities:

  • Women and Girls
  • NCDs and the Next Generation 
  • Meaningful involvement of People Living with NCDs

These cross-cutting topics will support the NCD agenda, in particular addressing the NCD risk factors and determinants.


The NCD Lab contributes towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) target 3.4, to reduce premature mortality between 30-70 years of age from NCDs by 2030. Further, the NCD Lab provides a platform to mobilize stakeholders, as appropriate, to align and scale action, for the implementation of national NCD and mental health responses. Its vision is to establish a platform that: 

  • Harnesses the power of multisectoral and multistakeholder collaboration
  • Maintains an “ethos” of innovation both in principle and practice
  • Propels global development by supporting dynamic initiatives that reduce the burden of NCDs and mental health conditions


This platform will encourage submissions of innovative solutions that support the NCD and NCD related global health agendas that target all levels, including policy-level change, systems change, or individual level change. The NCD Lab has also established a steering group to support each thematic area. Each Steering Group is comprised of 10-15 individuals appointed by the Secretariat in accordance with selective criteria and conditions as outlined in the Terms of Reference.

First Cycle

The first cycle will open for submissions from February 25th, 2021 until April 8th, 2021. Applicants must be an individual or group of individuals, and may not be submitted on behalf or in the name of any entity. Applicants are required to provide relevant information within the submission form and undergo appropriate WHO screening and due diligence procedures.  The types of submissions and inclusion and exclusion criteria can be found in the terms of reference.

The following are a list of submission types that include but are not limited to:

  • Ongoing or published research projects
  • Advocacy campaigns, frameworks, and toolkits.
  • Capacity building initiatives.
  • Community-based interventions.
  • Digital health products or services.
  • Policy development activities.
  • Educational and training activities or programs
  • Policy implementation activities
  • Health promotion activities or initiatives.
  • Behavioral science activities or initiatives.
  • Health literacy activities or initiatives.

WHO is responsible for the review of all submissions and the selection of the winner. The selection criteria takes into consideration the following non-exhaustive factors: target audience, scalability, innovation, scientific validity, sustainability, including submissions from marginalized groups and aligning with relevant WHO and UN frameworks focusing on NCDs and SDGs.

At the end of each cycle, the WHO GCM/NCD Secretariat will make publicly available the selection criteria, the shortlist of submissions, and the winners, on the WHO Knowledge Action Portal. WHO shall not reveal, or discuss with any applicant, how a submission was assessed, or provide any other information relating to the evaluation or selection process.  Only the winning and shortlisted submissions will be contacted.


If you are an individual or group of individuals with an innovative submission, we welcome you to complete one of the following submission forms. Please note the full details of the requirements, review criteria and other relevant information can be found in the Terms of Reference. We advise you to familiarise yourself with the full document before submitting. Please note that only one submission is allowed per individual or group of individuals each cycle.  

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Published by Stephen Ogweno

a global health practitioner, NCD advocate and mHealth Innovator

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