Washington State is an international leader in global health and a growing hub of pioneering research and innovation to improve the lives of people around the world. Recognizing the region’s potential in this arena, the State Legislature tasked the Life Sciences Discovery Fund (LSDF) to fund promising global health technologies and create jobs in Washington state. LSDF contracted the Washington Global Health Alliance (WGHA) to analyze grant proposals and administer funds to promote the development and delivery of global health technologies and products. WGHA refers to this program as the Washington Global Health Fund.
The original idea for a grant-making program to fund global health efforts in Washington was established in July 2010 when the Legislature designated seed funding to support grants for the commercialization of emerging global health technologies in the state. The 2010 legislation stated:
In 2010, Governor Christine Gregoire appointed a ten-person Board of Directors to oversee the Fund and select the grantees. Now under management of the Washington Global Health Alliance, the Fund’s Awards Committee is comprised of these same individuals, representing a wealth of global health and commercialization knowledge. Click here for a printable summary of the Fund and the 2020 grantees. A summary of the impact of the first three years of grants is available here.