Grants and other funding activities

TDR funds specific research projects in diseases of poverty, which cover infectious diseases and the culture and environment that contribute to these problems. We also support the development of individuals and institutions in the countries where these diseases are prevalent.

Below are the current opportunities.

Calls for grant applications or/and letters of interest


Research on the etiological causes of serious infections in young African infants

Deadline for submission: 11 May 2015

Research teams from African research institutions are invited to submit Letters of Interest (LoI) for research projects intending to use previously collected samples, microbiological and clinical data to understand the aetiologies of serious infection in newborns in rural areas of Africa. One team will be selected for funding for a maximum amount of US$ 120 000.


Joint AFRO/TDR Small Grants Scheme
for implementation research in infectious diseases of poverty

Deadline for submission: 31 May 2015

Only applicants from the WHO African Region eligible

This grant supports implementation research for infectious diseases of poverty in the context of health systems strengthening. Proposals should include the collection of evidence on best approaches to service availability, functionality and readiness assessments of health systems for outbreaks of infectious and neglected tropical diseases, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable populations.


Investigation of the magnitude and causes of residual malaria parasite transmission in selected settings

Deadline for submission: 16 June 2015, 17:00 CET

Research institutions working on malaria transmission in the WHO regions of Africa, the Americas, the South-East Asia and the Western Pacific are invited to submit collaborative research proposals to investigate the magnitude and causes of residual malaria parasite transmission in low- to high-transmission areas.

Research proposal objectives must include the production of updated data on residual malaria from selected settings in Africa, Americas, Asia and/or Western Pacific on the prevalence of residual malaria and scientific evidence on the causes of this residual malaria through investigations of entomological, social and environmental determinants.


Joint call for proposals with EDCTP and the UK Medical Research Council:

Research and capacity development in support of the EVD response

Deadline for submission: 18 June 2015, 17:00 CET

The purpose of this Call for Proposals is to build and strengthen regional, national, institutional and individual capacities to conduct high quality health research (e.g. clinical trials, operational and/or implementation research) during infectious disease outbreaks resulting in health emergencies.

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