Public Health Foundation of India
The Public Health Foundation of India in collaboration with the Alliance for Health Policy & Systems Research (AHPSR), the Special Programme for Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP), and the Special Program for Research and Training on Tropical Diseases (TDR), is soliciting letters of intent for research that seeks to enable the effective implementation of health programmes in India. Grants of US dollars $10,000 will be available to support research studies of up to 12 months in duration.
Implementers working with researchers are eligible to submit proposals in response to this call. The Principal Investigator must be an implementer-an individual directly involved in the implementation of health programmes in India. Programme managers, district health officers, practitioners, and front line health workers are typical examples of such individuals. Additionally, the research team must include at least one researcher affiliated with an academic or research institution based in the study country. Please note that both these conditions must be met for the proposal to be eligible for funding.
Letters of intent will be judged on the potential of the research to make a difference in the delivery of health programmes. Other criteria that will be taken into account include value for money, institutional capacity, as well as ensuring diversity in terms of issues addressed by the research.
The deadline for the submission of a two page letter of intent (LOI) is 22 August 2016. Invited full proposal submissions will be due on 5 October 2016.
In spite of proven solutions and increased support at national and international levels there exists a staggering burden of avoidable morbidity and mortality with unacceptably slow progress on improvements in health outcomes.
The Public Health Foundation of India in collaboration with the Alliance for Health Policy & Systems Research (AHPSR), the Special Programme for Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP), and the Special Program for Research and Training on Tropical Diseases (TDR), is soliciting letters of intent for research that seeks to enable the effective implementation of health programmes in India.Research funded under this call is expected to focus on the generation of new strategies and knowledge that will enable more effective implementation of existing programmes within health systems. Proposals to develop and test new interventions will not be funded under this call.
Implementers of health programs are the main target audience for this call. The practical orientation of the field of implementation research, and the kinds of questions it asks, makes it necessary for implementers to have a central role in the conceptualization, design and analysis of Implementation Research projects. While researchers are needed to provide their skills in research methods for the conduct of high quality studies, most often, it is the person working in the field, as opposed to the academic who asks the most important questions related to implementation.
To ensure that these questions are heard and the research undertaken is directed to answer them as opposed to topics that are of interest mainly to academic researchers, this call requires the Principal Investigator to be an implementer.
Grants for research studies of 9-12 months will be of up to US dollars $10,000 depending on the scope and focus of the study as well as the study setting. Additional funding from other sources should be sought if the budget is anticipated to exceed this amount. Through this call it is aimed to:
In line with these aims, selected teams will be provided active training by expert facilitators organized by the Public Health Foundation of India to further develop and refine the research questions and research methods.
What Is Implementation Research?
Despite abundant evidence on the efficacy of affordable, life-saving interventions, there is little understanding of how to deliver these interventions effectively in diverse settings and within the wide range of existing health systems. Research is needed to shine light on the often bumpy interface between what can be achieved in theory and what actually happens in practice. Implementation Research aims to do this, by understanding not only what is and isn’t working, but how and why implementation is going right or wrong, and testing approaches to improve it.
Implementation Research is a broad field that can address any aspect of implementation, including factors that influence implementation, the implementation process or implementation outcomes. It includes many types of studies using a wide range of approaches including qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. Implementation Research’s main focus on finding actionable solutions to real problems faced by health systems requires it to pay special attention to context, since implementation issues often arise as a result of contextual factors that policy-makers and health system managers may not even have considered. In addition, Implementation Research involves a variety of stakeholders at each stage of the research process, including program managers, front line health workers and decision-makers who are at many times the source of the most important and pertinent questions. The emphasis on locally relevant research involving practitioners and grounded within the routine functioning of the health system enables Implementation Research to provide unique insights on why a particular intervention succeeds or not in achieving its goals in a specific setting.
For more information on Implementation Research, please refer to:
LETTER OF INTENT SUBMISSION DETAILS
Implementers, including practitioners and policy-makers working with researchers are eligible to submit proposals in response to this call subject to the following criteria:
Please note that both these conditions must be met for the proposal to be eligible for funding.
Additionally the team should include individuals with:
HOW TO APPLY
Successful applicants will be notified by 5 September 2016. Projects that are selected will be invited to develop their letters of intent into full proposals. Full proposals of up to 5,000 words are due by 5 October 2016.
All proposals will be assessed by an external committee of independent experts using the following criteria:
Research teams should submit these proposals based on an understanding that accepted proposals will undergo refinement at the Protocol Development Workshop (see below).
Based on these criteria, proposals will be selected for funding. Funding decisions will be communicated to applicants by 30 October 2016.
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