RCS Research Grants

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Research capability strengthening (RCS) research grants: RCS is a cross-cutting programme area of TDR, established to strengthen the capacity of disease-endemic countries to carry out and sustain research.

Specifically, RCS aims to:

  • Promote and fund research training and institution development
  • Increase the participation of developing countries into TDR's research and development agenda

    RCS activities are managed by the Research Strengthening Group.

    RCS supports projects in TDR research priorities that also contribute to institution development through two major funding approaches:

  • Capacity strengthening programme grants
  • Re-entry grants

    Scientists from advanced developing countries with independent research lines are advised to apply for the special calls on targeted research and development initiatives in the other TDR activities.


  • Scientists from disease endemics countries who are no more than 40 years of age and have recently (within 24 months) completed a PhD can submit a proposal.
  • It is strongly recommended that the proposal involves research on one of TDR target diseases.
  • The applicant must be currently employed in a public institution located in a disease endemic country (DEC).
  • The host institution will play a major role in the management of the research project.
  • A collaborator from an institution in the north or an advanced developing country may also be included in the project.
  • This is advisable for studies involving the use of technologies not currently available in the disease endemic country institution.
  • The collaboration must be with the objective of transferring technology to the DEC host institution.
  • The shipment of samples for analysis in the north / advanced laboratory is not permissible under the grant.
  • The collaborator from the more advanced laboratory must be committed to capacity building and indicate the extent of collaboration / support to the DEC institution in a letter addressed to TDR .
  • Normally no project funds will be transferred to the more advanced institution.
  • Women are especially encouraged to apply for the Re-entry grant.

    Follow the links below for more details and application contacts.

    Deadline: 15th January

    For more grants information and application, see: RCS Research Grants Website

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