Grants and other funding activities

TDR funds specific research projects in diseases of poverty, which cover infectious diseases and the culture and environment that contribute to these problems. We also support the development of individuals and institutions in the countries where these diseases are prevalent.

There are several different grant programmes planned for 2014, here’s the full list.

Below are the current opportunities.

Calls for grant applications

Five calls for applications / letters of interest in collaboration for:
Research on the vulnerability of preventive chemotherapy of helminth infections to emergence of drug resistance

Application deadlines 31 August and 30 November 2014 (see PDF file below for complete details)

TDR is expanding support for research on key determinants of sustained effectiveness of preventive chemotherapy for schistosomiasis, soil transmitted helminths (STH), lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis: the probability, potential impact and detection of the emergence of resistance to the drugs used.

Planned research activities to be supported are grouped into two projects:

  • Vulnerability of schistosomiasis, STH, onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis control to emergence of drug resistance and its consequences (TDResist, 3 calls, available funding: US$ 260 000)
  • Integrated capacity building and research for ivermectin resistance surveillance and definition of O. volvulus transmission zones by onchocerciasis control programmes (CARIRS, 2 calls, available funding: US$ 400 000).

Call for Letters of Intent: Research on the etiological causes of serious infections in young African infants

Deadline for submission: 25 August 2014

As part of TDR’s focus on improving maternal and childhood health, research teams from African research institutions are invited to submit Letters of Interest (LoI) to undertake a prospective study to investigate the aetiologies of serious infection in young infants in rural areas of Africa. Under this call, two different research teams are expected to be selected for funding for a maximum amount of US$ 140 000 each.

Invitation for letters of interest: Improving the careers of women research scientists in infectious diseases of poverty

Submission deadline: 30 September 2014

TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases celebrates 40 years in 2014 and has a longstanding commitment to improve gender equity in health. TDR is inviting letters of interest from women scientists and research managers in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs ) to develop their ideas on how to improve career development for women research scientists working in the area of infectious diseases of poverty. Letters of interest that are selected will receive funding of US$ 10 000 to develop and elaborate a full concept.

Grants currently in review

Call for implementation research

Closed: 30 June 2014

The World Health Organization Regional Office for South-East Asia (SEARO), in collaboration with TDR, is accepting proposals on intervention or implementation research on factors required for improved effectiveness, efficiency and appropriate adoption of new and existing interventions and public health delivery models, including innovative approaches to engaging health professionals working on public health both in public and private sectors. Proposals may also offer innovative ways to stimulate a health systems approach and sustain community demand for and participation in major public health interventions. Research on evidence-based and feasible interventions to increase case detection and access to public health facilities can be proposed. All approaches should address key public health challenges related to such infectious diseases of poverty as tuberculosis, malaria, and neglected tropical diseases and other emerging infectious diseases.

Call for health research regional training centre in the WHO African region

Closed: 30 June 2014

In line with health research needs identified with both the WHO African Regional Office for Africa and TDR, this call is for identifying a regional training centre in the WHO African region (list of countries is available at Over a two-year time period, this centre should progressively integrate a panel of skill-building courses on implementation research, ethics, good practices, project planning, management and evaluation and results dissemination in their training programs. They will also be expected to offer a train-the-trainer programme to disseminate these courses among other institutions in the region, and to organise regular training programmes where other institutions and organizations can plan to send candidates for training.

Call for applications: 2014 Impact grants

Closed 30 May 2014.

A total of 437 applications were received from 74 countries representing all the six WHO regions.

The review and selection process is underway. Applicants not meeting the criteria will be informed according to the following timelines:
1. Eligibility screening outcome - end of June.
2. Internal technical review outcome - end of July.
3. External technical review outcome - end of September.
4. Funding in fourth quarter, 2014.

Please note that this schedule may change. Applicants are encouraged to regularly visit this website for updates.

This grant scheme is designed to strengthen capacity for health research to have an impact on the control of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), tuberculosis or malaria. This call is primarily to support acquisition of skills for research that addresses implementation bottlenecks, identify optimal approaches for real life settings, and promotes the uptake of research findings. The goal is improved health care and its delivery.

Read more about the Impact Grant and the 2013 grantees.

Update on implementation research training grants
(closed 7 February 2014)

Eligible applications are currently undergoing external review. Applicants who have not received any notices yet should expect to receive news on whether they are selected for funding by July 2014.

Research on the impact of insecticide resistance mechanisms on malaria control failure in Africa

Submissions are closed.
Research teams from African research institutions, in collaboration with National Malaria Control Programmes (NMCPs) were invited to submit proposals to undertake prospective multi-country studies (in at least 3 countries of different epidemiological characteristics per proposal) to assess insecticide resistance mechanisms and their effects on malaria control failure under field conditions in Africa.

PAHO/TDR call for regional small grants proposals: Prevention and control of maternal to child transmission of Chagas disease, hepatitis, syphilis and HIV

Submissions are closed.
Health professionals and investigators from institutions in the PAHO Region were invited to submit research proposals addressing operational issues related to health care access for pregnant women and children, and strategies to integrate diagnostic and treatment services for Chagas diseases, hepatitis, syphilis and HIV.

AFRO-TDR small grants programme (2013)

Submissions are closed.
The World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (AFRO), in collaboration with the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), is seeking research proposals for the Small Grants Programme (SGP) for implementation research in disease prevention and control and health systems research.

Joint EMRO/TDR small grants scheme

Submissions are closed.
The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, in collaboration with the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), is seeking applications for the Joint EMRO/TDR Small Grants Scheme for implementation research in communicable diseases.

Impact Grant

Submissions are closed.
New short-term grant scheme designed for nationals from low- and middle-income countries. Support under this grant is flexible, based on public health relevance, scientific quality and the feasibility of achieving results within one year. Sixteen (up to US$ 50 000, non-renewed) were awarded in 2013. See for more information. Additional grants will be made available in 2014.

Career Development Fellowships

Submissions are closed.
The highly regarded TDR Career Development Fellowship accepted its fourth round of applications from low- and middle-income country researchers to be placed with leading product development institutions.

Climate change impact in Africa on vector-borne diseases

Submissions are closed.
This research is designed to understand the impact of climate change in sub-Saharan Africa on people’s vulnerability to diseases carried by mosquitoes, flies and snails, such as malaria, leishmaniasis and schistosomiasis. With support from the International Development Research Center (IDRC), Canada, $6.8 million will be spent to identify those who are the most vulnerable to social, environmental and climate change, and to develop tools and strategies for adaptation to climate change in Africa.

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