TDR basic documents

Memorandum of Understanding

(1978; amended 1988, 2003, 2006, 2008 and 2013)

Terms of reference for TDR Joint Coordinating Board members
Conflict of interest principles for JCB members




  • TDR's portfolio prioritization model
    pdf, 415kb

    This document explains how TDR reviews, prioritizes and selects projects in line with TDR’s Strategic Plan 2012-2017 and TDR’s core values. This model is part of a broader framework of portfolio development, budget planning and monitoring and scientific review processes as described in TDR’s Performance Assessment Framework.
  • TDR Performance assessment framework

Resolutions of the World Health Assembly and Executive Board of WHO


News from TDR Director, John Reeder

This has been an important month for TDR, bringing together several key committees and partners to review our practices and plans for the next biennium. This has included our WHO regional focal points, one of our scientific working groups, and the regional training centres. Each of these committee members provides valuable feedback and ideas, so we are very thankful for their role in helping TDR accomplish so much.

Where does research fit in a post-truth world?

You might think that research evidence is less valued today if you pay attention to the global political discussions going on. It is certainly being questioned, and dismissed by some as being out of touch or biased. However, these questions, I believe, offer us new opportunities to look more carefully at what we do, and to learn from these challenges.

TDR Global, the new platform for research networking, is now live.

Looking for an expert who has worked on some aspect of infectious diseases of poverty? Need a multi-disciplinary team? Would you like some additional exposure for your work?

About TDR: making a difference

TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, is a global programme of scientific collaboration that helps facilitate, support and influence efforts to combat diseases of poverty. TDR is hosted at the World Health Organization (WHO), and is sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and WHO.