Research activities

We fund research designed to find innovative ways to develop new drugs, barriers to the insects and worms that carry the parasites, diagnostics and other tools against infectious diseases in developing countries. We also look for new ways to distribute and increase access to these tools. Work led by researchers from disease endemic countries is always one of our top considerations.

Calls for grant applications or/and letters of interest

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.

Research on innovative approaches for safety monitoring of preventive chemotherapy interventions for the control of neglected tropical diseases

Deadline for submission: 10 April 2015

Research teams are invited to submit letters of interest for research on piloting innovative approaches for safety monitoring in the context of preventive chemotherapy and mass drug administration implemented for the control of neglected tropical diseases.

Under this call, one or two research teams are expected to be selected for funding for a maximum amount of US$ 100 000 each.

Research on the vulnerability of preventive chemotherapy of helminth infections to emergence of drug resistance:


Deadline for submission: 12 April 2015, midnight, Geneva

Proposals are being accepted to quantitate the variability of parasite/host response to the drugs used to control schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminths, onchocerciasis or lymphatic filariasis.

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