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AFRO-NETS> Research Training Grants 2003
- Subject: AFRO-NETS> Research Training Grants 2003
- From: Dieter Neuvians MD <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 7 Jun 2002 16:29:06 -0400 (EDT)
Research Training Grants 2003
NOTE: Priority is given to applicants from the Least Developed Coun-
tries (LDC) as defined by the United Nations, and for applicants re-
questing local degree registration. The list of LDCs can be found at
http://www.unctad.org/ldcs, or requested from TDR at the address
listed below. Other applications will only be considered on an excep-
TDR is inviting applications for the award of Research Training
Grants (RTG) 2003 from researchers who are nationals of, and employed
in, the developing disease endemic countries (DECs) with lesser de-
veloped research capacities. RTGs are awarded, on a competitive ba-
sis, for studies leading to a postgraduate degree, or for acquiring
specialized skills. Studies must be on one or more of the TDR target
diseases - malaria, leishmaniasis, schistosomiasis, lymphatic filari-
asis, onchocerciasis, African trypanosomiasis, Chagas disease, lep-
rosy, dengue or tuberculosis - in laboratory, clinical or applied
field research disciplines relevant to TDR and/or national priori-
ties. See the TDR website at http://www.who.int/tdr/grants/workplans
for TDR's priority research areas. The training may take place in the
home country, in another developing country, or in a developed coun-
try. TDR reserves the right to select the academic institution, re-
search programme or TDR-funded research and devel opment (R&D) pro-
ject where it is fe lt the most suitable training can be obtained.
Other specific calls for research training applications will be an-
nounced during the coming year in the context of new integrated ini-
tiatives. TDR will develop multi-disciplinary, multi-partner inte-
grated research initiatives within TDR scientific priority areas op-
timizing and focusing the capacity building investment and the par-
ticipation of DECs. The initiatives will be guided by TDR/WHO's com-
parative advantage in specific areas, giving priorities to projects
with greatest potential impact on disease cont rol and capacity
building outcomes, including training. See the TDR website at
http://www.who.int/tdr/grants/workplans/rcsworkplan.htm for the work-
plans of the Research Capability Strengthening (RCS) team and Multi-
lateral Initiative on Malaria /TDR (MIM) Task Force.
Capacity building in TDR
Research capability strengthening is a cross-cutting programmatic
area of TDR, established to promote and fund research training and
institution development to increase the participation of developing
countries in the development and use of new, or better use of exist-
ing, tools for the prevention and control of communicable diseases.
The long-term mission is to increase research self-reliance in en-
demic countries for identifying needs and developing solutions to
public health problems caused by neglected in fectious diseases. TDR
contributes to the attainment of these goals by strengthening re-
search institutions, generating new scientific knowledge in biomedi-
cal and social sciences and building a critical mass of human re-
sources to respond to research and public health needs. Partnerships,
networking and promoting equal opportunities among DECs constitute
the core of the RCS strategy and the basis for promoting a gender and
geographically balanced generation of scientists.
Applications for training should be designed as an integral part of
an institution development programme rather than an individual re-
quest. The successful applicants are expected to promote the develop-
ment of infrastructure and research environment, provide future
training opportunities, exhibit scientific expertise in their chosen
field, be conversant with information and communication systems, and
to develop opportunities for collaboration with scientists and insti-
tutions in other countries where possible. Proposals will be reviewed
on the basis of:
(a) research experience of applicant;
(b) previous education sufficient to justify requested graduate
(c) quality and clarity of written application;
(d) recommendation letters;
(e) relevance of training to home institute;
(f) relevance of training to home country/region;
(g) research project presented (for PhD);
(h) research environment in the home institution;
(i) previous TDR funding;
(j) national commitment to research.
TDR's first priority are applicants from the UN-defined Least Devel-
oped Countries (LDCs) [website], and second, low income countries as
defined by the World Bank [webpage]. To achieve gender balance, ap-
plications are especially encouraged from women. Currently, over 35%
of successful applications are from women, and TDR would like to in-
crease this percentage. In general, applications from researchers re-
questing support for training in their own country or region are
given priority; over the past decade, th percentage of applicants
funded for local or regional training has increased from 25% to 65%.
Applicants requesting local/regional PhD training may also include a
short attachment abroad (+/- 6 months) to acquire skills related to
their thesis research not available within their own country. Appli-
cations are welcomed from individuals working and involved in minis-
tries of health with responsibility for planning, executing and/or
evaluating disease control programmes related to TDR t arget dis-
eases. Finally, preference is given to applicants under the age of 35
years as our experience has shown that younger scientists follow a
more productive research career path after their training.
How to apply
Please read and carefully follow the instructions for completing the
application, and do not exceed the page limits.
What an application should include
Researchers who wish to apply for an RTG should send the following
information, type-written, to the address given below (no application
forms are required).
1. Full name in capital letters with the family name underlined.
2. Date of birth and nationality (please include photocopy of infor-
mation page of passport or official identity document).
3. One recent passport sized photograph.
4. Name, phone number, fax number and email address (website if ap-
plicable) of institution where the applicant is employed.
5. Educational qualifications, including place and date of study, and
- if possible - grade obtained (transcripts and/or photocopies of
qualifications are not required but may be requested at a later
6. A description (in not more than 12 lines) of the applicant's cur-
rent post and of the post held immediately preceding the current
7. A description (not exceeding 10 lines) of the applicant's current
8. A list of the applicant's publications (with references), and
other abstracts or presentations.
9. A letter of recommendation from two senior scientists/professors
that includes their institutional affiliation, address, telephone
numbers, fax numbers and email addresses. (Please include these
with the application).
10. If the applicant is or has recently been involved with a TDR-
funded project, provide the title of the project and the name of
the principal investigator.
11. Type of training requested e.g. for studies leading to PhD or
MSc, or for short-term specialized training; local (within the
home country), regional (within the region), or abroad in a de-
veloped country; and discipline and disease of study.
12. For applications leading to a PhD, an outline (3-4 pages) of the
proposed research to be carried out during the training, include-
ing rationale, objectives and methodology, citing a minimum of 5
13. The name(s) and address(es) of institution(s), in order of pref-
erence, where the applicant would like to study, with copies of
correspondence enclosed if contact has already been made with
these institutions (preference is given for local (home country)
14. Applicants already registered for a doctoral degree in their own
countries and who would like to seek support for their thesis re-
search should provide evidence of registration, a full project
proposal (with ethical clearance if necessary), and an itemized
budget not exceeding US$10,000 total, endorsed by their supervi-
sor. The project proposal will be reviewed on scientific merit
and relevance by the Research Strengthening Group.
15. An endorsement from the Director of the applicant's home institu-
tion testifying to the ability of the applicant to undertake suc
cessfully the proposed studies and certifying that the applicant,
if awarded TDR support for research training away from the home
institute, will be granted a leave of absence and, on completing
the training, will be assured of a post for at least three years.
The Director should also indicate how the proposed training will
strengthen the research capabilities of the institution and/or
how it will assist in the planning and evaluation of a particular
disease control programme (all applicants must have fixed employ-
Applicants from countries requiring national endorsement should sub-
mit their applications through proper government channels. A copy of
all applications should be sent to the WHO Representative's Office in
their home country for information purposes.
All applications must be received at the following address by 1 No-
Manager Research Training Grants (RTG)
UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in
Tropical Diseases (TDR)
World Health Organization
1211 Geneva 27
Applications will be reviewed by a sub-Committee of the Research
Strengthening Group (RSG) in February 2003, and the results communi-
cated in April 2003.
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