WHO Call for Letters of Intent Grants Programme for Implementation Research

The World Health Organization (The Alliance Health Policy and Systems Research-HSS/AHPSR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases-IER/TDR, Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction-HRP and the Child and Adolescent Health and Development-FCH/CAH) has announced a Call for Letters of Intent Grants Programme for Implementation Research as part of an Implementation Research Platform lead by the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research and supported by a grant from the Norwegian Government. This initiative has been established to speed up efforts for the achievement of three health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDG 4,5 and 6) which seem to remain unattainable despite the increased support through various national and international levels.

Implementation research here has been referred to a research that “Identifies common implementation problems and their main determinants which hinder effective access to interventions; develops and tests practical solutions to these problems that are either specific to particular health systems and environments, or that addresses a problem common to several countries in a region; and c. Determines the best way of introducing these practical solutions into the health system and facilitates their full scale implementation, evaluation and modification as required.”

The objectives of the grant programme are:

  • Supporting new and ongoing research that contributes to the scaling-up of effective health interventions relevant to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4, 5 and 6 in a manner that synergises with health system needs;
  • Strengthening institutional research capacity with an emphasis on low- and middle-income countries;
  • Disseminating research results for their effective use in the strengthening of health systems;
  • Promoting evidence-informed policy formulation and implementation towards MDGs 4, 5 and 6.

The deadline to submit the letters of intent is 31 July 2010. For more information, visit this link.