Patient safety

WHO Patient Safety Research Small Grants

"Better Knowledge for Safer Care"

The objective of the WHO Patient Safety Research Small Grants programme is to stimulate research on patient safety priority areas by providing seed funding for small research projects with a focus on applied research in patient safety. In its third year of operation, the programme currently supports 24 projects in 22 Member States. Through these projects, important patient safety issues are investigated, ranging from measuring harm and identifying local solutions to evaluating the adoption of existing solutions.

These patient safety research projects significantly contribute to awareness-raising about patient safety among local researchers and decision-makers, both at country and international levels. The success of the Small Grants is attributable to its many collaborators, including grant reviewers and colleagues in WHO Regional and Country Offices.

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    The aim of this WHO Patient Safety initiative is to stimulate research on patient safety priorities worldwide by providing seed funding for small research projects.


2009 Small grants nominees

The 2009-2010 call for applications for the WHO Patient Safety Research Small Grants has been finalized and 5 new research projects to be implemented in 5 different WHO Member States have been selected for funding: Argentina, China, Kenya, Mongolia and Nigeria.

These projects emerged from a total of 235 applications received and were selected following a rigorous peer-reviewed assessment process. The new cohort of grantees will join the growing global Patient Safety Research Network and their patient safety research projects significantly contribute to awareness-raising about patient safety among local researchers and decision-makers, both at country and international levels.

2009-2010 Cohort of grantees

2008-2009 Cohort of grantees

Other areas of work

  • Safer Primary Care
    Reflect and prioritise the key knowledge gaps and challenges that surround the safety of primary care
  • Reporting & Learning
    WHO Draft Guidelines for Adverse Event Reporting and Learning Systems to improve the safety of patient care.

Contact us

To contact the research team, please email psresearch@who.int