The GVDN works closely with vaccine safety experts around the world, global health agencies, and other global non-profit health alliances. The GVDN received seeding money from the Gates Foundation, relies on research grants for specific vaccine safety monitoring projects, and is hosted by UniServices, a not-for-profit stand-alone company that is wholly owned by Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland.
In April 2021, the GVDN received significant funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a 3 year project entitled Global Covid Vaccine Safety (GCoVS). The purpose of this project is to put in place a coordinated and harmonised post-introduction active surveillance infrastructure in diverse populations across the globe to assess the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. This infrastructure will be capable of responding to safety signals post-introduction of COVID-19 vaccines.