Innovations to Prepare for Future Epidemics and Pandemics

Vaccine development and manufacturing

Innovations to Prepare for Future Epidemics and Pandemics

CEPI’s Innovations to Prepare for Future Epidemics and Pandemics Call for Proposals aims to support CEPI’s mission by advancing a broad range of vaccine innovations for pathogens with epidemic or pandemic potential, including novel pathogens capable of infecting and causing disease in humans (i.e., Disease X).

It will support vaccine research, development and manufacturing innovations for CEPI’s priority pathogens and contribute towards the 100 Days Mission, thereby helping the world prepare for known and future epidemic and pandemic threats.

Supporting transformative innovations

Through the Innovations to Prepare for Future Epidemics and Pandemics Call for Proposals CEPI will advance cutting-edge vaccine development and manufacturing science and technologies that will contribute to speed, scale and equitable access during future outbreak response. Two focus areas remain open for applications:

  • Focus Area 1: advancing innovative rapid-response vaccine platforms that can transform the response to a future Disease X.
  • Focus Area 2: developing new vaccine candidates against CEPI priority pathogens with epidemic or pandemic potential and viral families.


CEPI welcomes proposals for Focus Areas 1 and 2 on a rolling basis through 2026.

Focus Area 3 which invited proposals for advancing manufacturing innovations that improve vaccine scalability and equitable access, is now closed. Call deadlines may be subject to amendment.

Additional Focus Areas may be introduced and updated over time as R&D gaps and needs are identified and addressed. Potential applicants should check back periodically for updates to Focus Areas. All proposals submitted as part of this Call will undergo an accelerated review process.

How to apply

Please read our detailed Call for Proposals texts for further information and details on how to apply.

Focus Area 1call text (see also DEUTSCH,  ESPAÑOLFRANÇAISPORTUGUÊS日本語中文한국어العربية) and application template.

Focus Area 2: call text (see also DEUTSCH,  ESPAÑOLFRANÇAISPORTUGUÊS日本語中文한국어العربية) and application template.

Potential applicants should review the relevant Focus Area for detailed information about project eligibility, application templates and submission/review timelines.

Prior to submitting an application, CEPI strongly encourages you to contact the team at to discuss your product, technology or innovation and confirm your proposed project is aligned with the current needs and priorities of one or more Focus Areas.

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