Deadline: October 15, 2018
The WHO Western Pacific Region (WPR) and TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, are pleased to announce the 2018-2019 call for applications for the Joint WPR/TDR Small Grants Scheme for implementation research in infectious diseases of poverty.
The goal of the TDR strategy is to foster research on infectious diseases of poverty that lead to health improvement, strengthen research capacity of individuals and institutions in developing countries and develop implementation strategies and solutions that respond to the health needs of these countries. It also aims at translating research results into policy and practice, improving health and promoting the engagement of individuals and communities in using research evidence to reduce the disease burden in their respective countries.
- Strengthen the research capacity of individuals and institutions in conducting implementation research; and,
- Facilitate and strengthen implementation research in countries for the control and elimination of infectious diseases of poverty, including research that addresses issues related to the culture and environment that contribute to these problems.
Priority Research Areas for Support
- Prevention and control of infectious diseases of poverty, including malaria, tuberculosis and neglected tropical diseases such as dengue, lymphatic filariasis, soil-transmitted helminthiasis, food-borne trematode infections, schistosomiasis, echinococcosis, cysticercosis, leishmaniasis, yaws, trachoma and leprosy.
- Knowledge gap related to an implementation issue that has a direct policy and programmatic relevance.
- Health systems, health service delivery, community-based approaches or qualitative research topics in the context of the diseases listed above.
- Up to US$ 15,000 will be awarded per project (exceptionally larger grants up to US$ 20,000 may be considered).
- Open to researchers or health professionals working in infectious disease programs of
- Ministries of Health, national universities, or research institutions; and who are from and are working in low- and middle income countries of the WHO Western Pacific Region;
Proposals submitted must be:
- Developed in collaboration with the infectious disease programmes of the ministries of health.
- Staff of the national control programme should be part of the research team;
- An implementation research focusing on infectious diseases of poverty (malaria, tuberculosis, neglected tropical diseases such as dengue, lymphatic filariasis, soil-transmitted helminthiasis, food-borne trematode infections, schistosomiasis, echinococcosis, cysticercosis, leishmaniasis, yaws, trachoma and leprosy);
- Clearly illustrate how the knowledge gap addressed by the research is relevant or important in the context of strengthening local health systems or disease program implementation. The linkage between the proposed research and the policies and programme within the country should be clearly demonstrated.
Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Federated states of Mongolia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Viet Nam
Complete the application form in English and submit to the Malaria, other Vector-borne and Parasitic Diseases unit of the WHO Western Pacific Region via firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the following when submitting applications:
- Relevant questionnaires and forms (including consent/assent forms)
- Letter of endorsement from the related disease programmes of the ministry of health;
- Updated curriculum vitae of all investigators.
For more information, visit Joint WPR/TDR Small Grants Scheme.