One of the objectives of the Alliance HPSR is to facilitate the development of capacity for the generation, synthesis, dissemination and use of health policy and systems research knowledge.
For some years now the Alliance HPSR has been providing grants to postgraduate institutions in low and middle income countries to strengthen their teaching of health policy and systems research and support students working in the field of HPSR. This is known as the Young Researcher Grants Programme.
The Alliance Biennial Review, which was launched at the Global Forum for Health Research in Beijing last October, is on capacity development for evidence-informed policy making. The development of the review has informed the Alliance`s strategy in this area. The Alliance HPSR is now initiating two new capacity development initiatives, namely
Strategy 1 - Developing tools, training materials and approaches to strengthen institutional capacity to apply evidence to policy - The Alliance is competitively awarding grants to pilot-test and disseminate tools and training materials that develop institutional capacity amongst country-level actors to support evidence to policy processes.
Strategy 2 - Promoting HPSR methodological development and the uptake of innovative HPSR methodologies among developing country researchers - The Alliance is competitively awarding grants to developing country institutions to (i) review and clarify specific health policy and systems research methodologies and methodological approaches and (ii) develop and test materials for the teaching of such methodologies.
In addition to these two initiatives, the Alliance is awarding a third grant on the dissemination of the Biennial Review and promoting action on capacity development for HPSR.
The three calls for proposals have been announced on the same day the Biennial Review was launched.