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

Postgraduate training grants now available

Seven universities provide Masters and PhD level degrees that focus on implementation research. Applications need to be submitted to the universities.


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

Deadline for submission: 16 September 2015, 17:00 GMT

TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, is inviting research teams from African research institutions to submit Letters of Interest (LoI) for research project using previously collected samples, microbiological and clinical data to understand the microbiological causes of invasive infection in newborns in rural areas of Africa.

Under this call, there will be one team selected for funding for a maximum amount of US$ 130 000.


Scoping reviews and research gap analysis on urban health interventions

Deadline for submission: 24 September 2015, 17:00 CET

Institutions working on urban health and vector-borne disease prevention and control are invited to submit collaborative proposals where two or more institutions are forming a consortium. The proposal will include the production of a series of scoping reviews and the organization and hosting of an expert consultation/workshop using these reviews to determine research gaps and priorities. Only one institutional consortium proposal will be selected for one year’s funding of no more than US$ 150 000.


Joint TDR/EURO Small Grants Scheme for Implementation Research in Infectious Diseases

Deadline for submission: 30 September 2015

Only applicants from countries from the WHO European Region listed in the call are eligible

The World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (EURO) and TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, in collaboration with the Astana Medical University, are pleased to announce the 2015-2016 call for applications for the Joint TDR/EURO Small Grants Scheme for implementation research in infectious diseases.

Priority research areas:
  • Prevention and control of infectious diseases, including elimination of malaria, tuberculosis and neglected tropical diseases relevant in the region
  • Health systems including health service delivery and community-based approaches, or qualitative research topics in the context of the infectious diseases
  • Drug resistance
  • Emerging infectious diseases
  • Co-morbidity of infectious diseases with non-communicable diseases

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