TDR Research Training Grant 1996 (fwd)

Patricia de Oliveira patricia at
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Date: Thu, 8 Jun 1995 09:52:40 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Ananias A. Escalante M." <aescalan at>
To: Lista de Biologia <biologia at MIT.EDU>
Subject: Research Training Grant 1996: Call for applications (fwd)

TDR's call for RTG'96 is just announced.
Please distribute it as widely as possible.
The same text is also put to the TDR's Gopherspace.
Bob Hata
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                                                   7 June 1995	
Programme for Research and Training in
Tropical Diseases (TDR)

		Call for Applications for Award of
		Research Training Grants in 1996

        TDR has two closely interrelated objectives: to support
the research and development of tools for the control, prevention
and treatment of its six target diseases, and to strengthen the
capability of developing disease endemic countries (DECs) to
create such tools themselves.

        A major instrument for achieving the second objectives
is through the award of Research Training Grants (RTGs) to
outstanding young scientists in DECs.

        TDR invites applications for such grants from disease
endemic country nationals whose research is related to one or more
of the TDR target diseases - malaria, leprosy, leishmaniasis,
schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, African
trypanosomiasis and Chagas disease.  Support is offered for
acquiring research skills in one or more of these diseases or in a
related discipline such as molecular and cell biology, immunology,
parasitology, epidemiology, clinical pharmacology, synthetic
chemistry, social sciences, health economics, health education,
and communication.

        RTGs can be awarded to pursue studies leading to the
acquisition of a postgraduate degree, or for acquiring specialized
skills.  The training may take place in their own country, in other
developing countries or in developed countries.  However, RTGs
are not awarded to support participation in short term courses (2-8
weeks long) held in developed countries.  TDR reserves the right
to select the institution, research programme or TDR-funded  R &
D projects where it is felt that the most suitable training could
be obtained.

        The financial support for research training leading to a
doctoral degree amounts to a maximum of 36 monthly stipends
while in residence at the training institution, with additional
funds available for dissertation research in the trainee's home
country For other types of training, the duration of the grant
would usually be between six months and one year.

Priorities for support:

Preference will be given to applicants:

*    requesting training in the priority areas given at the end of
     the announcement;

*    from the least developed countries, particularly those targeted
     for intensified TDR support for capacity building during the
     next 2-3 years, which include Benin, Burkina Faso,
     Cambodia, Guinea, Haiti, Laos, Mali, Nepal, Nicaragua,
     Niger, Sudan, Uganda, Viet Nam and Yemen;

*    working in Ministries of Health and involved in planning,
     executing and evaluating disease control programmes related
     to TDR target diseases;

*    seeking training in a developing country;

*    currently involved in, or with past experience of working
     with, a TDR-funded project;

*    seeking support for training in epidemiology, social sciences,
     health education and communication, health economics or in
     the conduct of health intervention related research.

Low priority will be given to applicants:

*    above the age of 35 years;

*    applying for attending Masters courses in developed countries;

*    from the advanced developing countries such as Argentina,
     Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, India, Kenya, Malaysia,
     Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, Thailand and Venezuela, and
     seeking support for studies leading to PhD from universities
     abroad.  However, PhD students from these and other
     countries, who are already registered in their own country,
     could apply for TDR support for a short period (6-l2 months)
     of specialized training abroad to acquire skills not available
     within their own country and for expenses connected with
     their thesis research.

        Applications will be judged by an external group of reviewers
on the basis of the scientific quality of the proposal, the need for
the proposed training in relation to TDR and national priorities, and
the potential contribution of the proposed training on local capacity
building and on disease control activities.

Those eligible to apply for TDR Research Training Grants

*    staff of institutions in disease-endemic countries who are
     already engaged in research or committed to doing research
     on one or more of TDR's target diseases, and whose home
     institution is equipped with required research facilities;

*    staff members of institutions currently receiving one of the
     TDR Institution Strengthening Grants, and other institutions
     where TDR support for such grants came to an end one to
     two years ago;

*    staff members of Ministries of Health who are involved in
     planning, executing and evaluating disease control
     programmes related to TDR's target diseases;

*    scientists who are already registered for PhD in their own
     country and whose thesis is related to a TDR target disease,
     who would like TDR support for their thesis research and/or
     would like to spend between six months to one year in a
     suitable research centre or laboratory to learn new skills to
     carry out specialized experiments or data analyses;

*    scientists in their mid-career with postgraduate research
     training who are actively involved in post-doctoral, clinical,
     field or laboratory oriented research in one of TDR's target
     diseases and who now want to spend a period of up to one
     year in a suitable research centre or laboratory to upgrade
     their skills or to carry out specialized experiments or data

Applications should include:

        Scientists who wish to apply for these grants should send
the following information, type-written, to the address given below
(no application forms are required):

1.    Full name in capital letters with the family name underlined.

2.    Date of birth and nationality.

3.    One passport sized recent photograph.

4.    Name, address, telephone number, cable address, telex
      address/number, fax number of institution and e-mail address
      where the applicant is employed (or is currently studying).

5.    Educational qualifications, including place of study, date
      and - if possible - grade obtained.

6.    Describe (not more than 12 lines) the nature of your current
      post and the post you held immediately preceding your
      current post.

7.   Current research interests (not exceeding 10 lines).

8.   A list of your scientific publications in peer-reviewed

9.   Name and address of two referees including their telephone
     number, cable address, telex  address/number, fax number and
     e-mail address.  (It is your responsibility to ensure that
     your referees send in recommendations about you to the
     address below.)

10.   If you are now, or have recently been involved with a TDR-
      funded project, please provide the title of the project and
      the name of the principal investigator.

11. Please provide a statement each on:

    a)   Training purpose of application, e.g., for studies
         leading to PhD abroad or within the country, or for
         specialized training.

    b)   Field of study e.g., malaria epidemiology,
         socioeconomic research on leishmaniasis, etc.

12.    All applicants should provide an outline (3-4 pages) of the
       proposed research to be carried out during their training,
       including rationale, objectives and methodology, citing a
       minimum of 5 recent references.

13.    Applicants should also indicate the name(s) and address(es)
       of institution(s), in order of preference, where they would
       like to study, and enclose copies of correspondence if contact
       has already been made with these institutions.  However,
       applicants should note that TDR reserves the right to choose
       institutions which the Programme considers most suitable for
       their training.

14.    Applicants already registered for a doctoral degree in their
       own countries and who would like to seek support for their
       dissertation research should provide evidence of registration
       and an itemized budget not exceeding US$10 000, endorsed
       by their supervisor.  If they wish to be supported for an
       attachment abroad, to learn techniques not available in their
       home institution, and to upgrade their research skills, full
       justification should be provided for such attachment and its

15.    All applications should be accompanied by an endorsement
       from the Director of the applicant's institution testifying to
       the ability of the applicant to undertake successfully the
       proposed studies and certifying that the applicant, if awarded
       TDR support for research training, will be granted a paid
       leave of absence and, on return from training, will be assured
       of a post for at least three years.  The Director should also
       indicate how the proposed training will strengthen the
       research capabilities of the institution or how it will assist
       in the planning and evaluation of a particular disease control

Applicants from countries requiring national endorsement should
submit their applications through proper government channels.

Priority subject areas for support of research training:

1.     Strategic Research:

  *    Basic mechanisms of protective immunity and
       immunopathology, role of cytokines in the control of
       infections and disease processes, parasite and human
       diversity related to pathogenicity, vectorial factors in
       pathogenesis and development of transformation systems
       for producing attenuated parasites.

  *    Molecular entomology aimed at introducing molecular
       genetic approaches for the study of the relationship
       between malaria parasites and mosquito vectors, with the
       long-term objective of stopping the mosquito transmitting
       the parasite.

2.     Product Research and Development:

  *    Advanced technologies for the synthesis and biological
       testing of potential drugs.  These will include
       combinatorial chemistry for synthesis of analogues of
       identified molecules, routine production of genetically
       engineered targets from parasitic organisms, and robotic
       screening of novel molecules against such molecular
       targets or whole organisms.

  *    Identification, cloning and expression, characterization,
       process development and testing of candidate vaccine
       components for TDR diseases.

  *    Preclinical toxicology, drug assay development and
       pharmacokinetics, drug formulation; clinical trials of
       drugs and vaccines against target diseases; preparation of
       data for regulatory submissions.

  *    Use of computing in drug development; including rational
       drug design, operation of chemical/biological databases;
  8     project planning and management.

3.     Applied Field Research:

 8 *    Disease control within existing health services e.g.,
       preventive measures against malaria infection/diseases,
       integration into PHC and sustainability of control;
       alternative methods for delivery of ivermectin and MDT.

  *    Rapid assessment procedures for assessing burden and
       distribution of disease and for monitoring and valuation
       of disease control activities.

  *    Surveillance and impact assessment.

  *    Information-education-communication for community
       compliance and participation.

  *    Health care financing, e.g., assessment of the impact of
       existing changes in financing mechanisms on the ability
       to control particular diseases and on vulnerable groups;
       developing and evaluating selective innovative financing

  *    Cost effectiveness analysis of current and proposed
       interventions and strategies.
All applications must be received by 30 November 1995 at the
following address:

Dr J. A. Hashmi
Special Programme for Research and
Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR)
World Health Organization
1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland
Telephone: (41-22) 791-3805
Telex: 415416 OMS
Fax: (41-22) 791-4854
Email: hashmi at

Due to the fact that copies received by fax are sometimes
illegible, it would be preferred if applications are sent by mail.
In case applications are sent by fax and mail, please mark the mail
copy "confirmation of fax".

Applications received in TDR after 30 November 1995 will
not be considered.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome in early March

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