Past grants

This is a listing of TDR grant and training calls during the past year that are now closed. Applicants will be notified of the status based on the terms of the call.

Grants with 2017 closing date

Call for Specialized Agencies and/or Consultants to Provide Resource Mobilization Services

Submission closed: 31 March 2017

The purpose of the Consultancy is to assist TDR in designated funding resource mobilization to support operations in the 2018 - 2019 biennium.
This part-time consultancy should begin no later than 15 April 2017 for a period of 6 months.
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Study to inform the development of international standards for online repositories for neglected infectious diseases research data

Submission closed: 17 March 2017

A call jointly sponsored by The Wellcome Trust and TDR on research to support the future development of internationally recognised standards for research data repositories focused on neglected infectious diseases.
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Call for institutions and/or consultants to perform commissioned reviews on multi-sectoral approaches for the prevention and control of malaria and emerging arboviral diseases

Submission closed: 5 February 2017

The overall objective of this call is to support a landscape analysis to better identify the knowledge gaps and lessons learnt about the transmission patterns and ecology of mosquito vectors, and the challenges and successes in preventing and controlling the diseases they transmit.

Under this call, 5 commissioned review proposals that provide a landscape of Multi-Sectoral Approaches (MSAs) will be selected for funding for a maximum total funding of US$ 25 000 per commissioned review.


EDCTP-TDR Clinical Research and Development Fellowships

Submission closed: 2 February 2017

This joint call for proposals provides fellowships to early-to-mid-career scientists and clinical staff in low- and middle-income countries to learn how to conduct clinical trials. Selected applicants are placed in pharmaceutical companies or product development partnerships for 6-15 months.


Call for institutions and/or consultants to undertake landscape analysis on research gaps related to mosquito vectors of the Zika virus

Submission closed: 21 January 2017

The overall objective of this call is to support a landscape analysis to better identify the knowledge gaps in our understanding of the transmission patterns and ecology of the mosquitoes vectors of the ZIKV.

Under this call, two commissioned review proposals will be selected for funding for a maximum total funding of US$ 50 000 per commissioned review.

Grants with 2016 closing date

Collaborative research on health and the environment in the South East Asian and Western Pacific Regions: Innovative socioecological strategies for the prevention and control of vector-borne diseases

Submission closed: 15 October 2016

This is an invitation to submit proposals to undertake transdisciplinary research on health and environment leading to the development of community-participatory strategies for the prevention and control of vector-borne diseases (VBD). The proposed research project should utilize an ecosystem-based approach and explore how innovative VBD control tools and strategies can be used more effectively among vulnerable populations. The aim is to strengthen and improve the target populations’ health outcomes in the face of environmental changes (including climate change) within the complex socioecological system.


Research collaborations to advance social innovation in health in low- and middle- income countries, in partnership with the Social Innovation in Health Initiative (SIHI)

Submission closed: 30 September 2016

Universities or research institutes working on or having a strong interest in engaging in social innovation to enhance health-care delivery are invited to submit collaborative proposals where two or more institutions are forming an international consortium.
This call, issued by the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), is part of the recent engagement of TDR to advance social innovation in health.


HRP/TDR/PAHO Joint Small Grants Programme for research on the Zika virus outbreak in the Americas

Submission closed: 15 September 2016

The research proposals supported by this Call should focus on implementation/operational research, applying adequate methods within the range of quantitative and qualitative methods. The specific target priority areas for this call are listed below. A key component of each proposal should be individual and institutional research capacity strengthening.


Consultancy to Design and Develop Online Information Resource of Product Profile Characteristics for Diseases Affecting Developing Countries

Submission closed: 10 September 2016

This Request for Proposals is to design and develop an online information resource on health product profiles for diagnostics, vaccines and treatments that are needed for diseases affecting low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The database should bring together information on relevant health product profiles, in a structured and standardized manner, for which there is no or limited incentive for research and development. This database, or so called product profile compendium, will be housed in the WHO Global Observatory on Health Research and Development (R&D).


Joint EMRO/TDR Small Grants Scheme for Implementation Research in Infectious Diseases of Poverty

Submission closed: 20 August 2016

This call supports evidence generated from local research for the prevention and control of tropical diseases in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) countries and takes into account the outcomes of two activities at the regional office: i.e. “Integrating Research in Shaping the Future of Health in The EMR” (Feb 2014); “Regional Health Research Prioritization” (Feb 2016) as well as programme priorities; identified by WHO/EMRO technical units, including: neglected tropical diseases, malaria, tuberculosis (May 2016).


Joint SEARO/TDR Small Grants Scheme for Implementation Research in Infectious Diseases of Poverty

Submission closed: 20 June 2016

The World Health Organization Regional Office for South-East Asia (SEARO), in collaboration with the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), is pleased to announce the 2016 call for applications for the Joint SEARO/TDR small grants scheme for implementation research in infectious diseases of poverty. All proposals 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.


Development of a framework for monitoring and evaluation of the TDR international postgraduate training scheme May 2016 – July 2016

Submission closed: 6 May 2016

TDR is seeking expertise to develop a framework for the monitoring and evaluation of the TDR international postgraduate training scheme. The work will be carried out between May and July 2016, so that the framework can be implemented starting in August 2016.


Joint TDR/WPR Small Grants Scheme for implementation research in infectious diseases of poverty (Call for Applications 2016-2017)

Submission closed: 15 March 2016

Only applicants from the WHO Western Pacific Region are eligible.
The World Health Organization Western Pacific Region (WPR) and the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) announce the 2016-2017 call for applications for the Joint TDR/WPR Small Grants Scheme for implementation research in infectious diseases of poverty.


WHO/TDR International Postdoctoral Training Scheme at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University of Ghana, Legon-Accra

Submission closed: 28 February 2016, 18:00 GMT (extended)

This postdoctoral programme is designed to develop a cadre of competent researchers to address health care implementation bottlenecks, identify optimal contextual approaches and promote the uptake of research findings in relation to controlling infectious diseases of poverty.


EDCTP-TDR Clinical Research and Development Fellowships

Submission closed: 28 January 2016

This joint call for proposals provides fellowships to early-to-mid-career scientists and clinical staff in low- and middle-income countries to learn how to conduct clinical trials. Selected applicants are placed in pharmaceutical companies or product development partnerships for 6-24 months.

Grants with 2015 closing date

Selection of a consortium of institutions for the organization of a workshop and commissioned reviews to develop an international network on surveillance of insecticide resistance and alternative methods of vector control for vectors of emerging arboviruses

Submission closed: 23 October 2015, 17:00 CET

Under this call, only one multi-country proposal will be selected for funding for one year for a maximum total funding of US$ 200 000.


Joint TDR/EURO Small Grants Scheme for Implementation Research in Infectious Diseases

Submission closed: 9 October 2015

The World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (EURO) and TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, in collaboration with the Astana Medical University, are pleased to announce the 2015-2016 call for applications for the Joint TDR/EURO Small Grants Scheme for implementation research in infectious diseases.

Priority research areas:
  • Prevention and control of infectious diseases, including elimination of malaria, tuberculosis and neglected tropical diseases relevant in the region
  • Health systems including health service delivery and community-based approaches, or qualitative research topics in the context of the infectious diseases
  • Drug resistance
  • Emerging infectious diseases
  • Co-morbidity of infectious diseases with non-communicable diseases

Scoping reviews and research gap analysis on urban health interventions

Submission closed: 24 September 2015, 17:00 CET

Institutions working on urban health and vector-borne disease prevention and control are invited to submit collaborative proposals where two or more institutions are forming a consortium. The proposal will include the production of a series of scoping reviews and the organization and hosting of an expert consultation/workshop using these reviews to determine research gaps and priorities. Only one institutional consortium proposal will be selected for one year’s funding of no more than US$ 150 000.


Research on the etiological causes of serious infections in young African infants

Submission closed: 16 September 2015, 17:00 GMT

TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, is inviting research teams from African research institutions to submit Letters of Interest (LoI) for research project using previously collected samples, microbiological and clinical data to understand the microbiological causes of invasive infection in newborns in rural areas of Africa.
Under this call, there will be one team selected for funding for a maximum amount of US$ 130 000.


Three requests for proposals to help develop new health R&D fund

Those interested are recommended to read all three proposals, since they are interrelated, but each request has specific focus and it is not required (nor expected) that one person/group would submit proposals for all three.

Bid Reference: TDR-R&D Fund-2015.01

Consultancy to Design a Financial Model for a Sustainable Health Product Research and Development Fund for Type III & II Diseases and the Specific R&D Needs of Developing Countries in Relation to Type I Diseases

Bid Reference: TDR-R&D Fund-2015.02

Consultancy to Prepare the TDR-based Scientifics Working Group for the Management of R&D Project Portfolios and a Sustainable Health Product Research and Development Fund for Type III & II Diseases and the Specific R&D Needs of Developing Countries in Relation to Type I Diseases

Bid Reference: TDR-R&D Fund-2015.03

Consultancy to Design a Compendium of Target Product Profiles for Type III & II Diseases and the Specific R&D Needs of Developing Countries in Relation to Type I Diseases


Joint call for proposals with EDCTP and the UK Medical Research Council:

Research and capacity development in support of the EVD response

Submission closed: 6 August 2015

The purpose of this Call for Proposals is to build and strengthen regional, national, institutional and individual capacities to conduct high quality health research (e.g. clinical trials, operational and/or implementation research) during infectious disease outbreaks resulting in health emergencies.


Consultancy opportunity
Development of user guidelines and training material for a registry for the epidemiologic surveillance of drug safety in pregnancy and birth defects.

Submission closed: 18 July 2015

Joint TDR/WPR Small Grants Scheme for Implementation Research

Submission closed: 30 June 2015

Only applicants from the low- and middle-income countries of the WHO Western Pacific Region eligible.

The World Health Organization Western Pacific Region (WPR) and the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) are pleased to announce the 2015-2016 call for applications for the Joint TDR/WPR Small Grants Scheme for implementation research in infectious diseases of poverty.


Investigation of the magnitude and causes of residual malaria parasite transmission in selected settings

Submission closed: 16 June 2015

Research institutions working on malaria transmission in the WHO regions of Africa, the Americas, the South-East Asia and the Western Pacific are invited to submit collaborative research proposals to investigate the magnitude and causes of residual malaria parasite transmission in low- to high-transmission areas.
Research proposal objectives must include the production of updated data on residual malaria from selected settings in Africa, Americas, Asia and/or Western Pacific on the prevalence of residual malaria and scientific evidence on the causes of this residual malaria through investigations of entomological, social and environmental determinants.


Joint AFRO/TDR Small Grants Scheme
for implementation research in infectious diseases of poverty

Submission closed: 31 May 2015

This grant supports implementation research for infectious diseases of poverty in the context of health systems strengthening. Proposals should include the collection of evidence on best approaches to service availability, functionality and readiness assessments of health systems for outbreaks of infectious and neglected tropical diseases, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable populations.


Research on the etiological causes of serious infections in young African infants

Submission closed: 11 May 2015

Research teams from African research institutions are invited to submit Letters of Interest (LoI) for research projects intending to use previously collected samples, microbiological and clinical data to understand the aetiologies of serious infection in newborns in rural areas of Africa. One team will be selected for funding for a maximum amount of US$ 120 000.


Call for selection of a consortium of institutions for the organization of two workshops to develop a regional network on surveillance, diagnostics and control of vector-borne emerging diseases in the Caribbean region

Submission closed: 21 April 2015, midnight CET (extended)

Institutions working on health systems, surveillance, diagnostics and research on emerging Vector-Borne Diseases (VBD) from the Caribbean Region are invited to submit collaborative proposals to organize and host two workshops, one on surveillance and diagnostics of emerging vector-borne diseases and one on vector research and control, both to analyse the requirements and feasibility of the implementation of a regional surveillance and research network on emerging vector-borne diseases.


Communications consultant for launch and deployment of TDR Global

Submission closed: 15 April 2015

The objective of this consultancy is to develop a plan to introduce and create engagement with the new alumni and stakeholder platform called TDR Global.


Research on the vulnerability of preventive chemotherapy of helminth infections to emergence of drug resistance:
QUANTITATION OF THE VARIABILITY OF PARASITE/HOST RESPONSE TO DRUGS

Deadline for submission: 12 April 2015

Proposals are being accepted to quantitate the variability of parasite/host response to the drugs used to control schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminths, onchocerciasis or lymphatic filariasis.


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

Submission closed: 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.


Research on innovative approaches for safety monitoring of preventive chemotherapy interventions for the control of neglected tropical diseases

Submission closed: 10 April 2015

Research teams are invited to submit letters of interest for research on piloting innovative approaches for safety monitoring in the context of preventive chemotherapy and mass drug administration implemented for the control of neglected tropical diseases.


Call for expression of interest : Collaborative initiative on CL clinical trial methodology to improve the way treatments for CL are tested

Submission closed: 22 March 2015

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.


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

Submission closed: 15 March 2015

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

Submission closed: 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.


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

Submission closed: 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.


Call for expression of interest: Hosting of an online database platform for tuberculosis treatment clinical trial data

Closed: 15 February 2015

EDCTP-TDR clinical research and development fellowships call for proposals

Closed: 31 January 2015 17:00:00 Central European Time (CET)

Researchers and key members of clinical research teams from low- and middle-income countries are invited to apply for the EDCTP-TDR Clinical Research and Development Fellowship scheme. Successful candidates will be placed with leading product development organisations, including pharmaceutical companies and product development partnerships (PDPs) – the host organisations- for a period of up to 24 months. A total of 25 fellowships is available for this call; 18 companies have offered to host fellows.


Joint EMRO/TDR small grants scheme for implementation research in infectious diseases of poverty

Closed: 20 January 2015

Only applicants from the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region eligible.

This joint call with the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office of the World Health Organization supports evidence generated from local research for the prevention and control of tropical diseases in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) countries and takes into account the outcomes of the recent meeting in February 2014 at the regional office: “Integrating Research in Shaping The Future of Health in The EMR”. The call welcomes research which links communicable and tropical diseases of poverty in co-morbidity with non-communicable diseases.


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

Closed: 12 January 2015

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).

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