The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR): Inviting applications for the funding theme-‘Building Research Partnerships To Disseminate Social Innovation In Health In Low- And Middle-Income Countries’ to build upon the work of the SIHI research country hubs and support research institutions in other low- and middle-income countries to embed social innovation in their programmes.

Funding brief:
TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, co-sponsored by UNICEF, UNDP, the World Bank and WHO, is pleased to announce a call for Letters of Interest for Building research partnerships in low- and middle-income countries to disseminate social innovation in health. The selected partnerships will build upon, contribute to and synergize with the Social Innovation in Health Initiative’s work to contribute to universal health coverage.

Purpose and scope of this call
Disseminating social innovation in health in low- and middle-income countries – The purpose of this call is to build upon the work of the SIHI research country hubs and support research institutions in other low- and middle-income countries to embed social innovation in their programmes. This will be done through creating research partnerships in low- and middle-income countries between (i) research institutions having the capacity and experience in advancing social innovation in health through advocacy, research and capacity strengthening and (ii) research institutions focusing on infectious diseases of poverty that are willing to engage and embed this approach in their organizations. These research partnerships will actively enhance and facilitate the networking, sharing and learning among SIHI partners. Activities will be undertaken and completed during the 2020-2021 biennium. Success will be measured by (i) the level of institutionalization and dissemination of social innovation approach and research in countries, and (ii) the level of collaboration with SIHI partners to enhance coordination, synergy and expansion of the SIHI network. Approaches will include preferably: (i) introduction and promotion of social innovation approach in countries interested to engage with SIHI; identification and showcasing of social innovations in health in countries where social innovation is introduced, (ii) collaborative research to advance social innovation and related capacity strengthening e.g. case study research on selected social innovations, research on lessons identified so far in the SIHI case studies such as factors influencing engagement with key stakeholders (communities, governments etc.), research to scale up or replicate successful social innovations; and/or (iv) embedding social innovation in the health educational and research system and embedding research in social innovation practice.

Intended recipients of this call
Research partnerships focusing on enhancing health care delivery will include at least two research institutions based in low- and middle-income countries, to work together and disseminate the social innovation approach and research in other low- and middle-income countries:
One research institution with the capacity and experience in supporting social innovation in health in their countries through research, convening of health system actors to work together and engage in multi-disciplinary research, and/or related capacity strengthening.
One or more institutions in other countries, focusing on infectious diseases of poverty and willing to engage and embed social innovation in their respective organizations’ programme and health (research) system.

Funding theme: Building Research Partnerships To Disseminate Social Innovation In Health In Low- And Middle-Income Countries;

Donor Name: TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases
Funding name: No specific fund name

Deadline: This is a two-stage application procedure:
Deadline for submission of Letters of Interest: 11th, October, 2019
Deadline for submission of full proposal: 30th, November, 2019

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: Applicants are requested to provide a lower budget scenario and a higher budget scenario. Indicative budget requested to be supported by this call: maximum US$ 80,000 for the lower budget scenario and maximum US$ 140,000 for higher budget scenario of each partnership, and for 2020-2021 period; leverage from applicants’ institutions and partners is a great asset.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: As below

Project duration: Selected proposals are expected to be implemented in 2020-2021.

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
Applicants are part of a partnership that may be established for this grant and that includes at least two universities or research institutes based in different countries in low- and middle-income countries. 4 They will apply in collaboration with various health system actors as relevant.
South-South-North collaborations are encouraged. However, grant holders must be institutions in low- and middle-income countries.
Applicants demonstrate interest and commitment to promote and support social innovation in health through research and in collaboration with SIHI network.
At least one of the universities or research institutes has the capacity and experience to advance social innovation in health and the commitment to support other institutions to engage in and embed social innovation in their organizations and their country health systems.
At least one of the universities or research institutes is committed to engage and embed social innovation in their organizations and their country health systems; these institutions have a strong engagement in research for infectious diseases of poverty. 6. Support from government at appropriate level (e.g. letter of support), as relevant

Criteria-
Relevance
Scientific and technical merit
Feasibility
Budget

Eligible Country: Low- and middle-income countries

Submission mail: Letters of Interest should be emailed to Dr Beatrice Halpaap halpaapb@who.int with a copy to Elisabetta Dessi dessie@who.int.

Other important link:
Guideline: Click to view
Proposal Form (Form): Click to view
About: Click to view

How to apply: Letters of Interest should be emailed to Dr Beatrice Halpaap halpaapb@who.int with a copy to Elisabetta Dessi dessie@who.int.

This is a two-stage evaluation process:
Stage 1: Letter of Interest
Stage 2: Full proposals

Application forms must be completed and signed appropriately.

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