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 or/and letters of interest


Call for expression of interest

Deadline for submission: 22 March 2015, 12:00 (GMT)

Are you a researcher or health care provider (doctor or nurse) working on cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) or seeing CL patients? If yes, are you interested in joining a collaborative initiative on CL clinical trial methodology to improve the way treatments for CL are tested?

More effective, safe and user-friendly treatments for CL are needed, as well as better, standardised methods to assess them. This project is designed to improve future CL intervention trials, and thus, improve treatment for CL patients.


Short-term training grants for research capacity strengthening and knowledge management (2015)

Submission deadline: 12 April 2015

This short-term training grant scheme is designed to help health researchers or research teams contribute more effectively to disease control through implementation research, in line with TDR’s strategy. This is the third round of the TDR grant scheme conducted in 2013 and 2014 as the IMPACT grant scheme. The focus of this round is on support for research training.


TDR/PAHO Small Grants Scheme for operational research for joint interventions

Deadline for submission: 15 March 2015

Only applicants from the WHO Americas region eligible.

This is a call to develop operational strategies that integrate and deliver joint interventions to control or eliminate the infectious diseases of poverty listed below. Projects should incorporate implementation/operational research and research capacity strengthening. Research which includes co morbidity of infectious diseases with noncommunicable diseases is encouraged.


Call for social innovation projects

Nomination deadline: 28 February 2015

This is the first call from the new Social Innovation in Health Initiative. Healthcare delivery solutions for preventing and controlling infectious diseases of poverty will be selected, innovators will be asked to share these solutions at a TDR forum at the World Health Organization, their work will be included in a publication, and they will be considered for a 1-year Global health Innovators Fellowship hosted at the University of Cape Town and Oxford University. The programme is set up to analyse what works well and identify research priorities to support their scale up and dissemination.

This is a collaboration of several partners. TDR provides technical and financial support. The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, located at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, housed within Oxford University’s Said Business School, bring a range of expertise on social innovation and entrepreneurship and lead the implementation of this initiative.


Selection of universities to manage TDR International Post Graduate Training Scheme (2015 to 2019)

Submission deadline: 28 February 2015

This is a call for applications from universities in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to host and manage the TDR international post graduate training scheme on implementation research (IR). The long term goal is to strengthen capacity of disease endemic countries for identifying public health needs, develop appropriate solutions and translate them into policy and practice for improved health and wellbeing of their populations.

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