Disability and rehabilitation

Call for research proposals: noncommunicable disease-related disability

Deadline for submission of proposals: Friday, 29th March 2013

WHO is pleased to announce a call for proposals for systematic reviews to identify, synthesize and assess all available evidence, quantitative and qualitative, on noncommunicable disease (NCD) related disability and appropriate rehabilitation measures.

The project seeks to fill the evidence gap by providing an authoritative overview of the current evidence on the magnitude and scope of NCD-related disability, risk factors and most effective rehabilitation measures to assist individuals with NCD-related disability achieve and maintain their optimal functioning. It is hoped that this evidence base will lead to strengthened health policies and programmes and greater investments in rehabilitation for people living with NCD-related disability.

Evidence suggests that difficulties in functioning related to many health conditions can be reduced and quality of life improved with rehabilitation. It is therefore hoped that a longer term impact of the research will be improvements in the health, functioning and quality of life for people with disabilities. Removing barriers to participation and unlocking the vast potential of people with disabilities is an important contributor to global poverty reduction and to realizing the substantial economic benefits that come with improvements in well-being of people with disability and their caregivers, such as reduced dependency on medical and welfare services and increased participation including in the labor market.

Organizations with experience in conducting and publishing systematic reviews are encouraged to apply. Disabled Peoples Organizations and individuals from organizations in low and middle income countries (LMICs) that are engaged in relevant research are strongly encouraged to apply. Collaborations between LMIC organizations and individuals and organizations in high-income countries are also encouraged.

An application package can be accessed below, including a declaration of conflict of interest form which must be completed and included with proposals. The deadline for submission of proposals is 29 March 2013. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered. Full proposals must be submitted via email to Rachel Mackenzie at mackenzier@who.int. All proposals must be written in English and address all components contained in the proposal guideline available below.

Enquiries should be directed in writing via email to Kristen Pratt at prattk@who.int. Successful applicants will be notified in May 2013.