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DFID research: CALL FOR PROPOSALS: WHO call for research to develop and test leadership development programmes in health policymaking

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IRP has just issued a call to develop and test leadership development programmes for health policy and management decision-makers.

Research in maternal, newborn and child health, and neglected infectious diseases has advanced significantly in recent years. Most research, however, has focused on the development of new interventions rather than optimizing the delivery of existing interventions. The Implementation Research Platform (IRP) of the World Health Organisation (WHO) was established in 2010 to understand better the reasons why policymakers do not always demand, access and use the evidence that would help to achieve MDGs 4, 5 and 6, and to develop and test practical solutions to these problems.

IRP has just issued a call to develop and test leadership development programmes for health policy and management decision-makers.

The overall goal of this call is to enhance health policy and management decision-making processes in low- and middle-income countries . Two awards up to USD $275,000 each will be provided to institutions for a two-year study period. For more information and contact details, please go to the DFID funding opportunities page or visit the WHO website. The work to be funded seeks to identify and test models of leadership development to strengthen the capacity of decision-makers to demand, access and use research.

The IRP was launched in November 2010 as a collaboration among WHO Departments and Partners with a goal of promoting and supporting Implementation Research to accelerate progress on health-related MDGs.

Interested applicants should submit a one-pager of intent by 10 March 2012

Deadline for submission proposals: 15 April 2012