Grants and other funding activities

TDR funds specific research projects in diseases of poverty, which cover infectious diseases and the culture and environment that contribute to these problems. We also support the development of individuals and institutions in the countries where these diseases are prevalent.

More information on TDR priorities can be found in the TDR strategy 2018-2023 and TDR's Portfolio Prioritization Model.

Selection criteria are explained in each grant call.

Below are the current opportunities.


Calls for grant applications or/and letters of interest

Postgraduate training grants now available

Seven universities provide Masters level degrees that focus on implementation research. Applications need to be submitted to the universities.


Research on challenges and opportunities for pharmacovigilance in low- and middle-income countries

Deadline for applications: : 27 September 2019, 13:00 GMT
The overall objective of the call is to generate understanding of the problematic of underreporting of adverse events in LMICs and how new tools and approaches could improve drug safety monitoring.
Under this call, two or three research teams are expected to be selected for funding for a maximum amount of US$ 50 000 each.


Call for Letter of Interest in a consultancy

Mapping TDR research outputs and their impact 2008 - 2019

Deadline for applications: : 27 September 2019
Letters of Interest are invited from organizations or individuals to undertake a consultancy to map and analyse the outputs of research supported by and/or associated with TDR. The analysis will focus on, but not be limited to, research publications and provide analysis to show trends over a 12 year period from 2008. TDR is wanting to see analysis that will measure impact using state of the art indicators and show the profiles of the research TDR has supported characterised by: disease, research type, gender and country of authors and their host institutions, linkage to our research grants and networks of collaboration.


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

Deadline for applications: : 27 September 2019
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.


Building research partnerships to disseminate social innovation in health in low- and middle-income countries

Deadline for applications: 11 October 2019
The purpose of this call is to build upon the work of the SIHI research country hubs and support research institutions in other low- and middle-income countries to embed social innovation in their programmes. This will be done through creating research partnerships in low- and middle-income countries between (i) research institutions having the capacity and experience in advancing social innovation in health through advocacy, research and capacity strengthening and (ii) research institutions focusing on infectious diseases of poverty that are willing to engage and embed this approach in their organizations. These research partnerships will actively enhance and facilitate the networking, sharing and learning among SIHI partners.


Call for applications to carry-out research on sexual and reproductive health and rights and infectious diseases of poverty linked to the current mass migration in the Americas with a focus on research capacity strengthening

Deadline for applications: : 13 October 2019 by 23:59 GMT -3
HRP and TDR, in collaboration with PAHO and CEMICAMP are pleased to announce this Call for Applications for research grants with the purpose of strengthening local research capacity and evidence generation. The goal is to approach the current mass migration in a way that holistically encompasses sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and infectious diseases of poverty, especially among women and girls within the health systems. This approach should help ensure that new or improved knowledge resulting from this call supports a strengthened response on sexual and reproductive health and rights issues during mass migration in the Americas.

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TDR now using ORCID iD for all grantees

A simple, effective and free solution to identifying researchers and avoiding confusion among professionals and their work is now in use at TDR. The ORCID iD, a unique identification, provides benefits to researchers and for tracking the impact of TDR grants.