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.

More information on TDR priorities can be found in the TDR strategy 2018-2023 and TDR's Portfolio Prioritization Model.

Selection criteria are explained in each grant call.

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.


Challenge Contests for Health: a Call for Entries

Deadline for submission: 10 November 2017


The purpose of this call is to gather information related to health challenge contests – defined as open calls to solicit community input in order to improve public health. Descriptions of case studies, experiences organizing contests, and evaluation examples are being solicited. These cases will be reviewed by a panel based on clarity of model, effectiveness, promotion of equity, and potential for learning. Exceptional cases will be included in a global toolkit on challenge contests for health.

The call is organized by Social Entrepreneurship for Sexual Health (SESH) in partnership with the Social Innovation in Health Initiative (SIHI). The project is supported by TDR as part of its research to identify successful approaches to social innovation for health.

Details about the contest here

Questions: Contact Shufang Wei at shufang@seshglobal.org


Joint WHO-AFRO/TDR/EDCTP Small Grants Scheme for implementation research on infectious diseases of poverty

Deadline for submission: 30 November 2017

Only applicants from the WHO African Region eligible

This call is for applications for implementation research that can cover a range of diseases, conducted through close collaboration between researchers and national disease programmes.

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