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 the month for annual review and planning for the future with our Joint Coordinating Board. We also have updates on environmental health research, how implementation research is helping India with tuberculosis, and the critical role diagnostics play in reducing epilepsy in many countries.

Reshaping how we strengthen research capacity to improve healthcare delivery

We’ve made some critical changes in the types of research education and training support we provide in order to focus our work and increase our effectiveness. These changes have moved us more strongly into implementation research, and I’d like to explain why.

A proposed plan for health R&D fund now available

Health Product Research & Development Fund: A proposal for financing and operation provides analysis on how to create a new, fairer system that de-links the cost of these products to their research and development (R&D).

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.