Research activities

We fund research designed to find innovative ways to develop new drugs, barriers to the insects and worms that carry the parasites, diagnostics and other tools against infectious diseases in developing countries. We also look for new ways to distribute and increase access to these tools. Work led by researchers from disease endemic countries is always one of our top considerations.

Calls for grant applications or/and letters of interest


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

Deadline for submission: 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.


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

Deadline for submission: 31 May 2015

Only applicants from the WHO African Region eligible

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.


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

Research and capacity development in support of the EVD response

Deadline for submission: 18 June 2015, 17:00 CET

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.

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