Call for applications for implementation research proposals in disease prevention and control, and health systems research


World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR)

AFRO-TDR Small Grants Programme (2013)

Call for applications for implementation research proposals in disease prevention and control, and health systems research

Deadline submission: 31 October 2013

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. The goal of the TDR strategy is to foster research on infectious disease of poverty that lead to health improvement, strengthen research capacity of the individuals and institutions in developing countries, and develop implementation strategies and solutions that respond to the health needs of these countries. It also aims at translating research results into policy and practice, improving health and promoting the engagement of individuals and communities in using research evidence to reduce the disease burden in their countries. In line with these goals, the research priorities of this call were identified based on the challenges facing disease control programmes in the WHO African region. The aim of the Small Grants Programme is to facilitate and strengthen implementation research in countries of the region. The research should contribute to the prevention, control and treatment of diseases, including ways of improving the use of existing tools.

Proposals are invited from researchers and health professionals working in disease control programmes of ministries of health, other health sector partners, universities, research institutions and nongovernmental organizations. The projects must have clear objectives and should be completed within 12 months. It is highly recommended that the proposal be prepared jointly by the disease control programmes of ministries of health, research/academic institutions and/or NGOs. The collaboration should ensure scientific soundness and co-authorship of the proposal and, more importantly, the research findings should be introduced into the policy and practice of the relevant programme. The proposal should address how the collaboration would be sustained at all levels of project development and implementation and include a well justified budget, as well as information on additional funding or support available to implement the project.

Projects will be selected on a competitive basis. Funds not exceeding US$ 15 000 will be provided for those selected. Priority will be given to projects involving junior researchers and females. The deadline for submission of applications is 31 October 2013. Selected grantees will be notified in 30 November 2013.

Possible areas of research

Priority will be given to research projects that would help answer issues relating to, but not limited to, the following fields:

  1. Intervention or implementation research on factors required for improved effectiveness, efficiency and appropriate adoption of new technology and care delivery models.
  2. Intervention or implementation research on factors that will make for retention and sustainability of community health workers in the delivery of community case management of malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia, tuberculosis and neglected tropical diseases. This may include issues such as perceptions of mothers on the quality of care of integrated community case management provided by community health workers.
  3. Innovative ways to stimulate and sustain community demand for major public health interventions (such as antenatal care, immunization or control of neglected tropical diseases)
  4. Intervention or implementation research on improving access to and retention of antiretroviral therapy of HIV co infected patients with tuberculosis, malaria and / or neglected tropical diseases.
  5. Evidence based innovative and feasible interventions to increase case detection and treatment of tuberculosis.

How to apply

Electronic versions of theicon form (MSWord) can be downloaded (54 kB)

Proposal submission

The proposal must be submitted using the attached form.

Particulars of the investigators and the proposal can be submitted in English, French or Portuguese. Any applicants that do not fully complete the prescribed Proposal Form will not be considered for funding.

Curriculum vitae of the principal investigator (PI) must not exceed one page. It should clearly indicate the PI’s affiliation and complete address (including telephone number and e-mail), as well as affiliated institution(s). The full name of the PI (with the family name underlined), sex, date of birth, nationality, qualifications and the nature of the applicant’s current and previous posts must be clearly stated.

Selection process

Proposals received within the deadline will be reviewed by an external technical committee constituted by AFRO. The review will focus on the scientific merit and relevance of the proposed research to control activities and the potential for strengthening implementation research capacities in the target countries. PIs will be informed of the results by 30 November 2013. Funding will depend on obtaining ethical approval for the proposed research from relevant research ethics committees in the target country and AFRO. AFRO, in collaboration with international experts, may assist the principal investigators in finalizing their protocols (if required).

Principal investigators must submit a report to AFRO at the end of the project - sharing of results is encouraged.

Advance copies of proposals should be sent by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please do not hesitate to send an email to the same address in case you would like further information.

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