2022 WHO African Region/TDR Joint Impact Grants (up to USD 15,000 per grant) for regional priorities

Deadline: 26 Oct 22

The 2022 WHO African Region/TDR Joint Impact Grants are now open to fund implementation research on infectious diseases of poverty that lead to improved population health as well as capacity building research of individuals and institutions in low- and middle-income countries.

This appeal is a joint initiative of TDR, the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa (AFRO), who have a mutual interest in building health research capacity in developing countries. The call reflects a commitment to increase the level of implementation research to provide high-quality, cost-effective health care solutions to people in resource-poor settings.

The objective of TDR’s 2018-2023 strategy is to foster research on infectious diseases of poverty that lead to better health, to strengthen the research capacity of individuals and institutions in developing countries and to develop strategies and implementation solutions that meet the health needs of these countries. It also supports the translation of research findings into policy and practice by improving health and encouraging the commitment of individuals and communities to use research evidence to reduce the burden of disease in their respective countries.

The grants also encourage cooperation between research teams and national and international partners.


The objectives of impact grants are:

  • Strengthen the research capacity of relevant individuals and institutions in countries.
  • Generate new knowledge, solutions and implementation strategies that can be applied by countries for the control and elimination of infectious diseases.
  • Encourage cross-sectoral dialogue and a one-size-fits-all health approach.
Research priorities

The purpose of this call is to facilitate and strengthen public health-focused implementation research. The implementation research activities supported by this call may be complementary to those supported by other stakeholders interested in these areas of research.

This call focuses on the following priorities, with illustrative research areas below. Note that this is not an exclusive list of submission opportunities:

  • Strengthening health systems through implementation research
    • Implementation research includes the study of methods to promote the adoption and integration of evidence-based practices, interventions, and policies in routine health care and public health settings. .
  • Addressing complex public health issues through implementation research
    • The population of the Region does not have full coverage of essential health services for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and mental health or communicable disease comorbidity, and many countries find it difficult to gradually cover additional people with nationally determined integrated health service packages through a health care approach.
  • Implementation Research for One Health and Emerging Diseases
    • Research is needed to understand the lifestyle factors that underlie susceptibility to air-, water-, and vector-borne diseases, as well as the interaction between these epidemics and climatic or environmental changes in the region. African region. The control of vector-borne diseases, as in the case of the sustainable mitigation of risks to health and the environment in general, is suggested to be more effective when research and interventions are framed from a “systems” perspective. human-natural coupled”.
Funding Information
  • Funding: up to US$15,000 per grant. Co-funding from national or other sources is encouraged.
  • Duration of the study: One year (12 months)
Eligibility criteria
  • Applicants should be researchers or health professionals working and based in African institutions, including national tropical/communicable disease control programmes, ministries of health, academic institutions, research institutes and non-governmental organizations.
  • Applications are particularly encouraged from qualified candidates who are at the beginning of their career, who are women or who belong to the group of least developed countries.
  • The proposed research must be conducted in the African Region.
  • The Principal Investigator (PI) must be based in an institution in an African country or territory, including national tropical/communicable disease control programmes, ministries of health, academic institutions, research institutes and non-governmental organizations.
  • The research project must relate to the objective and scope described in this call.
  • If implementation is sought in a health facility, a letter of permission from the public health official or director is required.
  • Submitted proposals must include a letter of acknowledgment signed by the program area manager or the person responsible for the program related to the project at any level of public health/health care services (e.g. health care unit primary health care, municipal health secretary, department of health, or national ministry or secretariat of health). The acknowledgment letter does not mean that it is necessary to obtain authorization for the project, as no technical assessment is necessary at this level.
  • Candidates must demonstrate experience in operations and/or implementation research. This may include, but is not limited to, proof of having been trained in operations/implementation research and being able to conduct research independently. Such training could include the TDR Implementation Research Toolkit, the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Implementation Research or another formal research training experience.
  • TDR is committed to equality, diversity and inclusiveness in science. Scholars are encouraged to apply regardless of their gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious, cultural and social background or (disability) status.

For more information, visit https://who.force.com/etdr/s/gs-solicitation/a0p3X00000gLNkaQAG/ca220016

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