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.

Calls for grant applications

Call for applications: 2014 Impact grants

Submission deadline 30 May 2014

This grant scheme is designed to strengthen capacity for health research that will have an impact on the control of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), tuberculosis or malaria. This call is primarily to support acquisition of skills for research that addresses implementation bottlenecks, identifies optimal approaches for real life settings, and promotes the uptake of research findings. The goal is improved health care and its delivery.

Call for implementation research

Submission deadline: 30 May 2014
Grant funding: up to US$ 15 000

The World Health Organization Regional Office for South-East Asia (SEARO), in collaboration with TDR, is accepting proposals on intervention or implementation research on factors required for improved effectiveness, efficiency and appropriate adoption of new and existing interventions and public health delivery models, including innovative approaches to engaging health professionals working on public health both in public and private sectors. Proposals may also offer innovative ways to stimulate a health systems approach and sustain community demand for and participation in major public health interventions. Research on evidence-based and feasible interventions to increase case detection and access to public health facilities can be proposed. All approaches should address key public health challenges related to such infectious diseases of poverty as tuberculosis, malaria, and neglected tropical diseases and other emerging infectious diseases.

Call for health research regional training centre in the WHO African region

Submission deadline: 30 June 2014

In line with health research needs identified with both the WHO African Regional Office for Africa and TDR, this call is for identifying a regional training centre in the WHO African region (list of countries is available at Over a two-year time period, this centre should progressively integrate a panel of skill-building courses on implementation research, ethics, good practices, project planning, management and evaluation and results dissemination in their training programs. They will also be expected to offer a train-the-trainer programme to disseminate these courses among other institutions in the region, and to organise regular training programmes where other institutions and organizations can plan to send candidates for training.


Research on the impact of insecticide resistance mechanisms on malaria control failure in Africa

Research teams from African research institutions, in collaboration with National Malaria Control Programmes (NMCPs) were invited to submit proposals to undertake prospective multi-country studies (in at least 3 countries of different epidemiological characteristics per proposal) to assess insecticide resistance mechanisms and their effects on malaria control failure under field conditions in Africa. Application submissions are now closed.

Update on implementation research training grants
(closed 7 February 2014)

An initial screening for eligibility has been completed and applications not selected for the second step of the review process were notified 24 February 2014. Results from the second (technical) review will be communicated to applicants NOT selected for the final (external) review on 24 March 2014. The final communication on the selection process (applications recommended or NOT recommended for funding) will be sent to the remaining applicants 28 April 2014.

Applicants are encouraged to regularly visit this page for the latest information, since timelines may change.

Grants currently underway or in review

PAHO/TDR call for regional small grants proposals: Prevention and control of maternal to child transmission of Chagas disease, hepatitis, syphilis and HIV

Health professionals and investigators from institutions in the PAHO Region were invited to submit research proposals addressing operational issues related to health care access for pregnant women and children, and strategies to integrate diagnostic and treatment services for Chagas diseases, hepatitis, syphilis and HIV. Application submissions are now closed.

AFRO-TDR small grants programme (2013)

The World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (AFRO), in collaboration with the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), is seeking research proposals for the Small Grants Programme (SGP) for implementation research in disease prevention and control and health systems research.
Application submissions are now closed.

Joint EMRO/TDR small grants scheme

The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, in collaboration with the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), is seeking applications for the Joint EMRO/TDR Small Grants Scheme for implementation research in communicable diseases. Application submissions are now closed.

Implementation Research Training Workshop - 7 – 12 July 2013 Gaborone, Botswana

The workshop is part of a module-based toolkit designed to strengthen implementation research capacity in the following areas: contextualizing research, ethics, planning and conducting an IR project, data collection and management, analysis of results, dissemination of findings, and monitoring and evaluation of the uptake of evidence in the health system. Submissions are closed and participants have been selected.

Impact Grant

New short-term grant scheme designed for nationals from low- and middle-income countries. Support under this grant is flexible, based on public health relevance, scientific quality and the feasibility of achieving results within one year. Sixteen (up to US$ 50 000, non-renewed) were awarded in 2013. See for more information. Additional grants will be made available in 2014.

Career Development Fellowships

The highly regarded TDR Career Development Fellowship accepted its fourth round of applications from low- and middle-income country researchers to be placed with leading product development institutions.
Application submissions are now closed.

Climate change impact in Africa on vector-borne diseases

This research is designed to understand the impact of climate change in sub-Saharan Africa on people’s vulnerability to diseases carried by mosquitoes, flies and snails, such as malaria, leishmaniasis and schistosomiasis. With support from the International Development Research Center (IDRC), Canada, $6.8 million will be spent to identify those who are the most vulnerable to social, environmental and climate change, and to develop tools and strategies for adaptation to climate change in Africa.
Application submissions are now closed.

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