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Small Grant Scheme: Research for elimination of Communicable Diseases in LAC Region

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted March 4, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on March 14, 2021
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Pan American Health Orgaization (PAHO) logo

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in collaboration with the Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), is pleased to announce the 2021 – 2022 call for applications for the Joint PAHO/TDR Small Grant Scheme for operational research to support the elimination of communicable diseases in the Latin American and Caribbean Region.

This call aligns with the EI which promotes linkages and synergies within the health system and with other sectors and uses a life course approach, emphasizing primary health care (PHC) and leveraging well-established PHC platforms.

It seeks to achieve economies of scale; strengthen disease surveillance and health information systems; boost integration of quality-assured health services, health systems, and laboratory networks; promote operational research and facilitate policies that favor the elimination of the selected diseases, community mobilization, and health promotion efforts.

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The focus for this call will be on the following group of diseases and / or health conditions that represent a significant burden and disproportionally affect the more vulnerable populations in the Region and whose elimination is feasible using available and innovative technical means.

These are trachoma, Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission (EMTCT) of Hepatitis B virus and Chagas, schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH), and tuberculosis.

Eligibility Criteria:
1. The application must be complete and be submitted before the deadline;
2. The research proposed must be conducted in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC);
3. The principal investigator must be based in institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean, including national tropical / communicable disease control program, ministries of health, academic institutions, research institutes, national research institutions; and non-governmental organizations;
4. The research project proposed in the application must relate to the objective and scope described in the present call;
5. Proposals submitted should include a signed acknowledgment letter of the manager of the program area or person in charge of the program that is related to the project at any level of the public health / healthcare services. The acknowledgment letter does not mean there is a need for clearance for the project, as no technical assessment is needed at this level.

Applications are encouraged from everyone, irrespective of gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or belief, cultural and social background, and (dis)ability.

Funding will depend on obtaining ethical approval for the proposed research from the PAHO bioethical committee and relevant research ethics committees in the target country.

A total of five proposals for up to US$ 30,000 per grant will be funded. Co-funding from domestic or other sources is encouraged.

Study duration: 12-18 months.

Deadline for submission: 15 March 2021 at 23:59 Eastern Standard Time.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Mar 04
Mar 04

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Jill Langhus
Mar 05
Mar 05

Thanks, Ana.

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Mar 05
Mar 05