In partnership with Canada's International Development Research Centre, ACIAR is investing in One Health research that will have a transformative impact on human, animal and environmental health.

ACIAR has a long history of investing in programs that address the linkages between food security and human health through a One Health approach.

One Health acknowledges that we cannot achieve optimal health of the global human population if our agrifood systems are broken, our environment is polluted, or veterinary systems and services are not adequately resourced to control zoonotic diseases.

Together with Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), ACIAR is investing in a new One Health research program, promoting a collaborative, multi-sectoral and integrated approach to ensure the health of humans, animals and our environment across six countries in East and South-East Asia.

Jointly funded for AUD$4.3 million, the ACIAR/IDRC Research Program on One Health (AIRPOH), will form a portfolio of interconnected projects supporting research that will have a transformative impact on human, animal and environmental health.

Call for research proposals

From 29 November 2021 to 10 January 2022, research proposals were accepted as part of the program’s inception, with the objective to invest in research to support the continued operationalisation of One Health in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, the Philippines, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.

These proposals are currently being assessed, with contracting of successful projects expected to occur from mid-2022. Commissioned projects will run for a maximum of 3 years and will adhere to ACIAR contractual processes and project reporting requirements. 


The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) is the Australian Government’s specialist agricultural research-for-development agency within the Australian aid program. The purpose of ACIAR is to contribute to reducing poverty and improving the livelihoods of many in the Indo-Pacific region through more productive and sustainable agriculture emerging from collaborative international research.

About IDRC

As part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts, IDRC champions and funds research and innovation within and alongside developing regions to drive global change. They invest in high quality-research in developing countries, share knowledge with researchers and policymakers for greater uptake and use, and mobilise their global alliances to build a more sustainable and inclusive world.

ACIAR and IDRC have been successfully collaborating to invest and support international agricultural research for development since 2013.