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.


EDCTP-TDR Clinical Research and Development Fellowships

Submission deadline: 28 February 2020 17:00 (GMT)
The purpose of the TDR CRDF is to provide funding support to researchers and clinical trial staff from LMICs to acquire essential skills in clinical research and development through placements in host training organizations. The scheme targets early to mid-career researchers or clinical trial staff who are employed by a legal entity in LMICs where they are currently conducting clinical research activities in the scope of TDR.
TDR will fund fellows employed by academic and/or research institutions in any LMIC to be placed in host training organizations, either in or outside Europe, to train and develop new research skills on poverty related infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, Ebola and NTDs.

A Regional Training Centre (RTC) supported by TDR in the WHO Western Pacific Region

Submission deadline: 22 April 2020
In line with health research needs identified by both the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) and the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), this call aims to identify a regional training centre in the Western Pacific Region.
The role of this regional training centre is to progressively integrate, over an initial period of 12 months, the package of skills-building courses on implementation research (IR) in their training programmes and later disseminate them among other relevant institutions in the region. The package of skills-building courses developed by TDR comprises: the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Basic Principles in IR, TDR IR Toolkit and Ethics in IR.

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TDR alumni

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.