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 and PhD level degrees that focus on implementation research. Applications need to be submitted to the universities.


Analysis of the health product pipeline for the poverty related neglected diseases utilizing the TDR Portfolio-to-impact (P2I) R&D modelling tool

Deadline for submission: 14 January 2019
Applications are invited to support research using the TDR Portfolio-to-Impact R&D modelling tool to analyse the health product pipeline of the poverty related neglected diseases. The aim is to contribute new evidence on efforts to support research for the financing, development and implementation on health products for the poverty related neglected diseases PRNTDs (HIV, TB, malaria and the NTDs as defined by the annual GFINDER survey). The analysis will identify the priorities for health products and recommendations on how research for implementation can be better supported. The integration of these areas is needed to address the barriers to access across the whole R&D spectrum from development to delivery. This will provide the most comprehensive analysis to date of the needs for priority health products in PRNTDs and the expected public health impact if the gaps were adequately addressed. The report would include recommendations on how the pipeline could be better managed to coordinate activities and stimulate innovation to address identified gaps.


TDR Clinical Research and Development Fellowships

Deadline for submission: 7 March 2019, 16:00 (GMT)
TDR provides fellowships for early- to mid-career researchers and clinical trial staff (e.g. clinicians, pharmacists, medical statisticians, data managers, other health researchers) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to learn how to conduct clinical trials. Successful applicants are placed for 12 months in host training organizations (pharmaceutical companies, product development partnerships (PDPs) or research organizations) and then receive a reintegration plan for 12 months at their home institution.
The Clinical Research and Development Fellowship (CRDF) scheme is jointly implemented by EDCTP (the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership) and TDR, the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases.

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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.