Call for Applications 2010-2011

The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for the Western Pacific invites applications for the Western Pacific TB Operational Research Grant to promote research activities for TB control in the Region.

Objectives

The Western Pacific TB Operational Research Grant aims:

1. to promote operational research for TB control in the Western Pacific Region;

2. to strengthen the research capacity of national TB control programmes and key academic institutions; and

3. to expand the knowledge and evidence base for rational TB control policy and strategy formulation in the Region.

In line with the above objectives, WHO invites research proposals that:

  • focus on operational research issues addressing programmatic gaps in implementing the Regional Strategic Plan to Stop TB in the Western Pacific (2011-2015); and
  • originate from countries with a high and intermediate burden of TB in the Western Pacific Region.


Priority research areas

Among various research areas, the 2011 grant will prioritize research studies that:

  • facilitate innovations of new approaches in intensified case finding, especially strategies targeting TB high-risk populations (TB contacts, migrants, people in confined settings, poor and the marginalized people, malnourished, diabetes, etc.);
  • address operational bottlenecks in laboratory scale-up, expansions of programmatic management of drug-resistant TB and TB-HIV collaborative activities;
  • facilitate identification and application of new diagnostic algorithms that employ both existing methods and new tools;
  • utilize existing data on TB, such as data from routine surveillance, population-based surveys and vital statistics, to increase the understanding of TB epidemiology and contribute to the improved surveillance system in the country; and
  • address TB programme challenges and opportunities in the context of the cross-cutting health systems agenda.

Research time-frame: 12 months

Financial support: up to US$ 20 000 per project


Eligibility

1. Applications are invited from researchers and health professionals working under or closely with the National TB Programme (NTP) of ministries of health. Researchers from academic and research institutions in both public and private sectors are also encouraged to apply provided that the work is conducted in close collaboration with the NTP (see below, criterion 2).

2. Proposals submitted must be developed in collaboration with the NTP of the country where the research is conducted. At least one co-investigator should belong to the concerned NTP.

3. Staff and researchers working in WHO, United Nations agencies and foreign-based organizations and institutions are eligible for application, but they cannot be a principal investigator.

4. Research studies with limited programmatic relevance (e.g. basic scientific research studies that do not directly address programmatic gaps in TB control) are not eligible.


How to apply

The principal investigator should submit the following documents:

1. duly completed and signed research proposal form;

2. letter of endorsement from the concerned National TB Programme; and

3. updated curriculum vitae of the principal investigator.

The form should be completed in English.


Deadline for proposal submission

The principal investigator must submit an electronic copy of the completed proposal form together with his/her curriculum vitae to // This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 20 December 2010. A proposal form with original signatures and an endorsement letter from the NTP are to be mailed to the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office by 31 December 2010.


Selection process

Step 1: Preliminary screening. The submitted proposals will be screened by 31 January 2011. All proposals that do not fulfill the eligibility criteria and/or are not accompanied by the requested documents will be excluded from the selection process.

Step 2: In-house technical review. The proposals that pass Step 1 will be subject to an in-house technical review. In-house technical reviewers will make recommendations based on scientific merit, relevance to TB control activities, and feasibility in the given time-frame and resources. The principal investigators whose proposals are not selected in Step 2 will be informed by 15 March 2011.

Step 3. Proposal improvement. The proposals that pass Step 2 will be subject to a proposal improvement process. This process might take 3 to 6 weeks and will involve extensive and frequent communication between the principal investigator and experts designated by the WHO Regional Office.

Step 4. Ethical clearance and final decision. Proposals that pass Step 3 will then be reviewed by the Ethical Review Committee of Western Pacific Regional Office and subsequently by the Technical Review Panel for the final decision for funding support. Ethical approval from the relevant national and/or local authorities should be provided before the final decision. The final result will be communicated to the applicant by 30 April 2011.

Contact

Regional Adviser, Stop TB and Leprosy Elimination (STB)
World Health Organization – Regional Office for the Western Pacific
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