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

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.


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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