Sexual and reproductive health

HRP Alliance

Research capacity strengthening grants


Research Project Mentoring (RPM)
The RPM programme is designed to provide support to developing country centres in line with two major objectives of HRP which are: (i) to collaborate with countries in enhancing national capacity to conduct sexual and reproductive health research, and (ii) to promote use of research results in policy-making and planning in order to improve sexual and reproductive health care delivery.

Modalities for collaboration with centres or institutions to promote reproductive health
Goal: To promote the well-being of communities by improving reproductive health through collaboration with centres in the conduct and application of relevant research, the dissemination and application of updated practice guides and the testing and adoption of relevant interventions for programme development and strengthening.

Long-term Institutional Development grants (LID)
Covers the development of human resources essential for conducting research in reproductive health, and the development, strengthening and supply of movable non-human research resources and infrastructures.

Competitive Intraregional Research grants (CIR)
Supports multicentre studies which foster scientific collaboration as part of the effort to develop solutions to priority regional reproductive health problems. CIR grants have been established with the aim of facilitating research around a defined theme of regional priority.

Research Training Grants and Re-Entry Grants (RTG & REG)
Aims to strengthen institutions or centres in the development of human resources necessary to undertake research. Aims to assist countries, through the centres, to build up a critical mass of researchers and technical staff.

Courses Workshops Seminar grants (CWS)
Aims to support selected centres to strengthen their capacity to conduct courses, workshops and seminars on reproductive health research. Aims to foster collaboration between countries through the organization of courses with participants from different countries.

Research plays a crucial role in:

the identification of reproductive health needs within communities;
the generation of new knowledge for advocacy the selection and testing of priority prevention and care interventions;
the resolution of reproductive health problems;
the improvement of policy formulation through evidence-based recommendations;
the strengthening of service programmes by applying research-generated technologies and up-to-date practice guidelines; and
the decision-making about the appropriate allocation of health resources with the overall aim of promoting the well-being of communities.