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Research Leadership Development Training Grants (LTG)

Call for applications
Research Leadership Development Training Grants (LTG)
*Important notes*

All applications must be received by 15 June 2008 only by email at
trainingempowerment @who.int. Email subject line must include "LTG
<applicant's lastname>. Read and carefully follow instructions in each item
on the application form. In addition, pages 1, and 12 (with original
signatures) should be mailed to:

TDR
World Health Organization
CH - 1211 Geneva 27
Switzerland

Fax copies are not accepted. Read and carefully follow instructions in each
item. Late and incomplete applications will not be processed. Applicants
from countries requiring national endorsement should submit their
application through proper channels. All candidates should send a copy of
their application to the WHO Representative' s Office in their home country
for information purpose. For further information, please contact Dr
Valaikanya Plasai at: plasaiv@who. int

The UNICEF/UNDP/ World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training
in Tropical Diseases (TDR) invites applications for the award of up to 10
grants in post-graduate training in health research in an academic
institution in disease endemic countries. Particular attention will be paid
to applications from the following: Least Developed Countries (LDCs) as
defined by the United Nations; female applicants; applications proposing a
local study programme; and Social science applications to health research.

This is a new type of TDR grant that replaces the Research Training Grants
(RTG). While the focus of the training and development is the individual
grantee, this new approach makes provision for development opportunities for
the grantee's home institutions in order to make improvements to research
practices at the institution. Various training technologies will be
utilized, including mentorship at different stages of development, and
learning contracts.

*Background*

TDR launched a new strategy in June, 2007, with a vision to foster "an
effective global research effort on infectious diseases of poverty in which
disease endemic countries play a pivotal role." TDR's new vision is realized
through a three-pronged strategy: stewardship, empowerment, and research on
neglected diseases. DECs should have a prominent role in setting research
priorities that are responsive to the need of, and ensure relevance to,
sustainable and optimal health impact for the poor. Stewardship provides a
collaborative framework and information service for research partners, and
empowerment ensures that scientists and public health professionals from
DECs can become prominent leaders who initiate and lead research activities.

* Description of the grant scheme*

TDR Empowerment <http://www.who.int/tdr/about/strategy/pdf/bl2.pdf> (also
called Business Line 2) envisions a comprehensive, sustainable research
capacity development programme. Both individual researchers and their home
institutions are supported collectively. With the active engagement of the
host academic institutes, the trainees are encouraged to develop into future
research leaders and partners in capacity building for health research in
DECs. TDR is particularly looking to strengthen capacity in applying social
sciences in health research. For this year, only applications for doctorate
studies will be considered.

The grant provides the following opportunities: .

1.

Individual post-graduate training in health research. TDR is looking to
develop a group of young scientists from DECs who will become leaders in
their fields of
study, and in initiating research projects that are relevant to their
countries. This group of young scientists will be expected to strive for
relevance, excellence and high
standards of ethics in conducting health research for DECs.
2.

Relevant capacity development at the home institute and/or academic
institute can be considered for optimal training of grantee.

The longer term outcome of the programme is enhanced DEC leadership and
capacity, at individual as well as institutional levels, in relevant
technical and research management. The programme expects the trained
individuals and their institutions to play pivotal, leadership roles in
conceptualizing and prioritizing research needs, harnessing resources to
respond to needs, maintaining contacts with key stakeholders for research
and capacity needs, and communicating the research results to the
public. The home institution and the individual should garner a strong
presence in the research community in the region, and ultimately become a
resource for such leadership training in the region. The individual
scientists who are trained by this grant should serve as the focal points in
each of the institutes, and will be continuously supported and developed by
TDR to become leaders, to take leading roles in initiating relevant research
for their countries and region.

* Eligibility criteria*

* Applicants must:*

1.

Be a national of disease endemic countries, usually not more than 35
years of age on the month of application;
2.

Been working for the last 12 months in a national institute that has a
research element in a disease endemic country, and is committed to work with
the institute for a minimum of five years after completion of the study;
3.

Propose a study topic and a study plan that is relevant to the needs of
DEC, of TDR Business Lines (BLs) and diseases, and to the proposed research;

4.

Demonstrate interest and potential for leadership and innovation.

*Institutions must: *

1.

Be a national, or a not-for-profit, institution in a DEC with an element
of health research on TDR-relevant issues and diseases;
2.

Allow the applicant to be trained in a post-graduate programme for up to
three years;
3.

Support the research proposal of the individual and develop an
institutional research plan in the proposed area.Two letters of reference
scanned and attached to the application.

* Selection** criteria*

Applications will be judged based on four elements which are equally
important:

1.

The applicants:
-

Excellent track record, as a researcher as well as principled public
health professional
-

Conceptual and management capacities
-

Potential for leadership development in own field of research
2.

The institution:
-

Excellent track record as a national institution, with an element of
research in TDR's issues and diseases.
-

Strong commitment to support the individual applicant, and the study
plan proposed by the individual applicant
-

Potential for leadership capacity development, and support from
leadership at higher levels for such development
3.

The study plan:
-

Coherent with, and supporting of, the proposed research
-

Showing linkages between individual and home institution development
4.

The proposed research will be judged according to the following criteria:
-

Excellence (feasibility, impact, innovativeness, scientific and
research logic, and quality of the proposal)
-

Compliant with international standards of research, Good Clinical
Practice, ethics, and safety-related issue
-

TDR relevance (conformance to TDR issues and diseases, public health
relevance, and pertinent to the needs in the region.)
-

Whether the proposed research experience will fulfill the applicant's
development needs
-

Potential of serving as platform for leadership and capacity
development in the region
-

Physical environment appropriate for the proposed research (lab space,
available technology, computer time, etc.)

* Priorities for selection*

-

Applications from LDCs
-

Women
-

Study plans that propose training in own country or region
-

Social science applications to health research

* Selection process*

All applications that are submitted before the deadline will be checked
against eligibility criteria by TDR. All eligible applications are then
forwarded to two members of the Training Steering Committee (TSC) for
review. TDR may seek external reviewers if there is no expertise within the
Committee. These reviewers submit their reviews to TDR for short listing of
qualified applications. TDR representatives then make a visit to evaluate
the institute against institutional eligibility criteria, as well as
evaluating the applicants' potential for development, and make
recommendations to TSC, which meets in November. TSC reviews the evaluation
on individual applicants made by the reviewers, and the recommendations
about institutions and applicants made by the site visit, and makes
recommendations to TDR Director for approval of grants.

* Timeline for selection of applications*
March 2008 Call for Applications 15 June 2008 Applications deadline July
2008 Applications reviewed by two members of the Training Steering
Committee (TSC), or by two external reviewers as requested by TSC 31 July
2008 Shortlist of successful Applications available By 15 August 2008
Notification
to unsuccessful applicants by TDR August 2008 Site visit and evaluation by
TDR representative( s) November 2008 Applications reviewed, and
recommendations made, by Research Training Steering Committee (TSC),
Empowerment 1 week after TSC's recommendation TDR Director approval of TSC
recommendations

Within 2 weeks after approval from TDR Director
Grants recipients notified

* All applications must be received by 15 June 2008*

*
Terms and conditions for applications*

To apply for this grant, follow the Instructions for Applications when
completing the application form. Two referees are required for each
application. Applicants from countries requiring national endorsement should
submit their application through proper government channels. All applicants
should send a copy of their application to the WHO Representative' s Office
in their home country for information purposes.

For further information, please contact Dr Valaikanya Plasai at:
plasaiv@who. int

Dr Valaikanya Plasai
Training Manager (a.i), Empowerment
Special Programme for Research and
Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR)
World Health Organization
1211 Geneva 27
Switzerland

Tel: +41 22 791 2170
Fax: + 41 22 791 4774

 

 



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