WHO Research Leadership Development Training Grants

All applications must be received by June 15, 2008 only by e-mail at trainingempowerment@who.int. Email subject line should include "LTG . Read carefully and follow the instructions in each application. In addition, articles 1 and 12 (with original signatures) should be expelled:

TDR
The World Health Organization
CH - 1211 Geneva 27
Switzerland

Fax copies are not accepted. Read carefully and follow the instructions on each item. Late and incomplete applications will not be processed. Applicants from countries that require approval by national must submit their requests through the appropriate channels. All candidates must send a copy of their application to the representative of the WHO office in their home country for information purpose. For more information, please contact Dr. Valaikanya Plasai address: plasaiv@who.int

UNICEF / UNDP / World Bank / WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) invites applications for awards of up to 10 grants for postgraduate training in medical research at academic institutions in endemic countries. Particular attention will be given to applications from the following: the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), as defined by the United Nations; female applicants; applications offering local curriculum; Social sciences and applied research in the field of health.

This new type of TDR grant that instead of Research Training Grants (RTG). While the focus of learning and personal development grantee, this new approach provides development opportunities for home grantee institutions in order to make improvements to research practices in the institution. Various educational technology will be used, including mentoring at various stages of development, training and contracts.

Background
TDR beginning of a new strategy in June 2007, with the vision to promote "effective global research on infectious diseases of poverty, in which the endemic countries, played a key role." TDR new vision is realized through a three-pronged strategy: leadership, empowerment, as well as research on neglected diseases. The district election commission should have a major role in setting priorities for scientific research, taking into account the need and importance for sustainable and optimal impact on the health of the poor. Leadership involves joint structure and information service for research partners, as well as providing empowerment of scientists and public health professionals from the OIC can become prominent leaders who initiate and conduct research.

Description of the Grant Scheme
TDR opportunities (also called business-Line 2) provides a comprehensive, sustainable development capacity of research programs. Both individual researchers and their home institutions supported collectively. With the active participation of the host academic institutions, students are encouraged to develop in the future leaders of research and partners to build capacity for scientific research in the OIC. TDR particularly promising for capacity building in the application of social sciences in medical research. This year, only in applications for doctoral thesis
studies will be considered.

Grant offers the following features:

  1. Individual postgraduate training in medical research. TDR expects to develop a group of young scientists from the OIC, which will become leaders in their fields, and in initiating research projects relevant to their countries. This group of young scientists will strive for relevance, excellence and high ethical standards in the conduct of health research in the district election commissions.
  2. The corresponding capacity development at the primary institution and / or academic institution can be considered optimal for learning grantee.

The long-term perspective the result of the programme is to expand DEC leadership and capacity at the individual, as well as institutional levels, in relevant technical and research management. The program expects trained individuals and their institutions play a key, leading role in developing the concept and prioritization of research needs, use of resources to meet the needs, maintaining contacts with key stakeholders in research and capacity-building needs, and communicating results research to the public. Houses agency and a person must receive strong presence in the research community in the region, and eventually become a resource for leadership training in the region. Certain scientists who are trained under this grant should serve as focal points in each of the institutions, and will be continuously maintained and developed TDR become leaders, to take a leading role in the initiation of relevant studies in their countries and region.

The selection criteria

Applicants must

  1. Be a citizen of endemic countries, usually no more than 35 years for the month of application;
  2. Worked in the past 12 months in the national institute, which studies element in the endemic country, and pledged to cooperate with the Institute for at least five years after completion of study;
  3. Suggest a topic of research and study plan that is relevant to the needs of DEC, TBI Bus Lines (BST) and diseases, as well as the proposed research;
  4. Demonstrate interest and potential for leadership and innovation.

Agencies should

  1. Be national, or not for profit, the establishment of a DEC with an element of health research at TDR pressing problems and diseases;
  2. Let the applicant to be trained in post-graduate programme for up to three years;
  3. Support research proposal to develop individual and institutional research in terms of the proposed area.Two letter of reference is scanned and attached to the application.

The selection criteria

Applications will be judged on the basis of four elements that are no less important:

  1. Aspirants:
    • Excellent results, as a researcher, as well as a principled public health professional
    • Conceptual and managerial capacities
    • Potential for the development of leadership in their field of research
  2. Organization:
    • Excellent results as a national institution, with an element in the TDR study problems and diseases.
    • The strong commitment to support the individual applicant, as well as to explore the plan proposed by an individual applicant
    • The potential for capacity development guidance and support from the leadership at a high level for such development
  3. Procedures:
    • Single and with the support offered by research
    • Display ties between individual and home-Institute for Development
  4. The proposed study will be judged on the following criteria:
    • Excellence (appropriateness, effectiveness, innovation and research logic, and the quality of proposals)
    • Compatibility with international standards of research, Good Clinical Practice, ethics and safety-related issue
    • TDR relevance (TDR consistency problems and diseases, public health relevance, and relevant to the needs of the region.)
    • Does the proposed research experience will serve the needs of the applicant's development
    • Potential serving as a platform for leadership and capacity development in the region
    • Physical characteristics suitable for the proposed study (laboratory facilities, available technologies, computer time, etc.)
  5. Priorities for selection

  • Applications from LDCs
  • Women
  • Study of plans that offer training in their own country or region
  • Social science applications for health research

The selection process
All applications to be filed before the deadline will be checked against the selection criteria in the TDR. All applications can then be sent to two members of Education Steering Committee (TSC) for consideration. TDR may seek external reviewers, if not expertise within the Committee. These experts submit their comments on the TDR short list of qualified applications. TDR representatives then make a visit to the institute assessment of the organizational criteria, as well as evaluating applicants potential for development, and make recommendations to TSC, which meets in November. TSC reviews estimates for individual claimants, made by professionals, and recommendations for institutions and the applicants made a visit and make recommendations to the TDR Director for approval of grants.

Dates for selection of applications

March 2008 Reception June 15, 2008 Application Deadline July 2008 Applications are considered two members of Education Steering Committee (TSC), or two external reviewers with a request TSC July 31, 2008 Shortlist successful application ready for August 15, 2008 Notification of unsuccessful applicants for the TDR August 2008 visit the site and assess the TDR representative (s) in November 2008 Applications are reviewed, and recommendations made by Research Training Steering Committee (TSC), empowerment 1 week after the TSC recommendation TDR Director approval of recommendations, TSC

2 weeks after the approval of the TDR Director Grant recipients notified

All applications must be received by June 15, 2008

Terms of Use

To apply for this grant, follow the instructions for use in completing the application. Two judges is required for each application. Applicants from countries that require approval by national must submit their requests through the proper government channels. All applicants should send a copy of their application to the WHO Representative Office in their country for informational purposes.

Deadline : Jun 15, 2008

For more information, please contact Dr. Valaikanya Plasai address: plasaiv@who.int

Dr. Valaikanya Plasai
Training Manager (ai), empowerment
Special Programme for Research and
Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR)
The World Health Organization
1211 Geneva 27
Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 791 2170
Fax: + 41 22 791 4774

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