The Foundation for Influenza Epidemiology
The Foundation for Influenza Epidemiology was created in September 2015 by Sanofi Pasteur under the auspices of Fondation de France to formalize several years of commitment to epidemiological research on severe influenza.
This funding mechanism was established to facilitate additional funding from other donors for this world-scale active surveillance project.
All donations collected through this foundation are dedicated to epidemiological research in the field of severe influenza and other respiratory viral diseases through the Global Influenza Hospital Surveillance Network (GIHSN).
Not-for-profit institutions with proposals aligned with the GIHSN scope and study design are eligible to apply for a grant from this foundation.
The Executive Committee
The Foundation is governed by an Executive Committee consisting of nine members. This committee meets once a year to review the strategy of the foundation, its budget, and to evaluate proposals eligible for funding.
- 4 Sanofi Pasteur scientific and public health specialists
- 3 independent influenza experts
- 2 seats for external donors
- An observer from Fondation de France attends each meeting
This individualized fund was created under the legal framework of the Fondation de France.
Fondation de France ensures all administrative, legal and financial diligence. Transparency is ensured by Fondation de France oversight.
Coordination of the network
The operational coordination of the GIHSN network and data collection and analysis are performed by OpenHealth Company, a French external organization funded by the Foundation, specialized in health data analysis.