Selection of consortiums of institutions for testing the efficiency of the Sterile Insect Technique to control Vector Borne Diseases

Joint TDR/IAEA call for expressions of interest

Deadline for applications: 27 September 2019, 17:00 CET


Consortiums of institutions, vector control agencies and public health stakeholders working on innovative vector control approaches, in particular on testing the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT), are invited to submit collaborative proposals to test the SIT technology against mosquito vectors of diseases with epidemiological evaluation of the outcomes. The proposals will target the following species: Aedes aegypti and/or Ae. albopictus. The expected results should include the requirements and feasibility of the implementation of the technology at different scales.

The proposal should include at least two or more institutions/organizations with at least one of them based in a low- and middle-income country (LMIC). This call is to support the development of a new strategic activity of the Vectors, Environment and Society (VES) Unit of TDR (the Special Programme for Training and Research in Tropical Diseases) in collaboration with the Joint FAO/IAEA (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations/International Atomic Energy Agency) Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture (NAFA), in line with the Global Vector Control Response (GVCR) approved by the WHA70 in May 2017 (Resolution WHA 70.16), and in partnership with the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Department of WHO.

Under this call, 3 multi-country proposals will be selected to conduct two-year projects. Subject to funding, it is anticipated that each grant will be approximately US$ 600,000, with a potential renewal of contracts for two more years for the same amount.