Strengthening research capacity

TDR Impact Grants: Call for Applications - Deadline 30 May

22 May 2014

The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) invites applications from individuals and research teams based in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) for grants to support research capacity strengthening and knowledge management. In 2014 it is anticipated that 20-30 new grants (up to a maximum US$ 50,000 each) will be awarded.


This grant scheme is designed to strengthen capacity for health research that will have an impact on the control of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), tuberculosis or malaria. This call is primarily to support acquisition of skills for research that addresses implementation bottlenecks, identifies optimal approaches for real life settings, and promotes the uptake of research findings. The goal is improved health care and its delivery.

Grants will provide support to:

  • improve (or acquire) skills, and contribute to long-term achievements and sustainability of research efforts. 
  • address specific knowledge management needs that can advance the understanding, analysis and application of interventions.

TDR is particularly interested in proposals related to implementation research (i.e. research aimed at improving access, delivery or effectiveness of interventions or system). Examples of activities to be supported under the scheme include, but are not limited to:


  • Implementation/operation research and targeted short-term training;
  • Mentorship/attachment or workshops in methodologies related to knowledge management, such as: systematic and scoping reviews, data management, development and harmonization of operational and implementation research tools;
  • Approaches for translating research results into policy and practices. 

Candidates will be chosen based on the public health relevance, scientific quality and feasibility of the activities proposed that can be completed within one to two years. The grant will not fund masters or PhD training, experimental studies, discovery research, clinical trials or acquisition of skills not linked to a specific scientific output.

To promote gender balance and a greater role for women in health research, applications from qualified women and previous TDR grantees are particularly encouraged.


The grant is targeted to resident nationals of low- and middle-income countries. Applications can be submitted by individuals employed in ministries of health, research institutes or academia as well as other health related organisations, with responsibility for planning, implementing research and/or evaluating disease control programmes. Applications must be endorsed by the head of the applicant’s institution and collaborators. Proposals must contribute to the research capacity of the applicant’s institution.

How to apply

Applications may be submitted in English, French and Spanish. All applications must be completed and submitted online using the WHO DataCol portal form. The log-in credentials are:

User name: impact

Password: grants 

Only applications submitted through this online portal will be considered.

Full details about the award can be found in the TDR information sheet.


Learn more about mentoring through our Open Access Mentoring Module.

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