What we’re funding

The Australian Government will contribute $2 million over 2 years to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). CEPI is a global initiative that brings together industry, philanthropists and governments to develop safe and effective vaccines to fight infectious diseases of pandemic potential.

Desired outcomes

The purpose of this research funding is to:

  • develop vital vaccines suitable for humans that are deploy-ready before an epidemic begins
  • ensure Australia and the globe is prepared for future epidemics, rather than reacting to them.

Key elements

CEPI will research and coordinate vaccine development, especially in cases where market incentives alone do not achieve this outcome.

Why it’s important

  • Global air travel and trade makes it very easy for infectious diseases to spread around the world within days.
  • Epidemics know no boundaries and Australia needs to engage internationally to ensure it is part of a global response.
  • The 2014 to 2016 West African Ebola outbreak shows that vaccines can be developed quickly but current models for financing vaccine development need improvement.
  • Funding CEPI will ensure we prepare Australia and the globe for future epidemics.

How to apply

Applications for this program are closed.

Last updated: 
11 July 2018