Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Funding agencies in low- and middle-income countries: support for knowledge translation

Cynthia Cordero, Rachel Delino, L Jeyaseelan, Mary Ann Lansang, Juan M Lozano, Shuba Kumar, Socorro Moreno, Merle Pietersen, Jose Quirino, Visanu Thamlikitkul, Vivian A Welch, Jacqueline Tetroe, Aleida ter Kuile, Ian D Graham, Jeremy Grimshaw, Vic Neufeld, George Wells, Peter Tugwell

Volume 86, Number 7, July 2008, 524-534

Table 1. Funding agencies interviewed

Country Abbreviation Organization Additional selection criteria
International CIDA Canadian International Development Agency
DFID Department for International Development (United Kingdom)
IDRC International Development Research Centre
USAID United States Agency for International Development
WHO/TDR WHO – Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases

International agencies interviewed at country offices CIDAb CIDA – Brazil office Continued support of regional development
PAHO Pan American Health Organization – Brazil office
WBp World Bank – Philippines office Chosen because of its extensive and innovative knowledge translation activities

Brazil FAPESP State of São Paulo Research Foundation Most stable research granting institution
CNPq National Council for Scientific and Technological Development Responsible for establishing national policies for research

Colombia Colciencias Instituto Colombiano para el Desarrollo de la Ciencia y la Tecnología External recognition as research funders; number of projects supported; availability of key informants
MSP Ministry for Social Protection (equivalent to Ministry of Health)

India ICSSR Indian Council for Social Science Research
DFIDi Department for International Development – India office
ICMR Indian Council of Medical Research Largest national funding agency for medical research

Philippines PCHRD Philippine Council for Health Research and Development Mandated by law to perform and promote basic and applied research
DOH Department of Health Focused on systems and health-care delivery research

South Africa MRC Medical Research Council of South Africa
HST Health Systems Trust

Thailand TRF Thailand Research Fund Major national funding agencies and the extent to which they were likely to perform knowledge translation
HSRI Health Systems Research Institute
NRCT National Research Council of Thailand
NSTDA National Science and Technology Development Agency
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