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Apply for “Country-level Stories of Change on Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR)” Project

Deadline: 12 November 2019

Applications are now open for “Country-level Stories of Change on Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR)” project.

Objectives and approach

The overall goal of this project is to understand in 11 countries where they have had the most number of projects between 2009-2019:
  • how HPSR environments have evolved
  • what the Alliance’s contribution has been to that evolution.
To share this understanding, they are looking to develop stories of change for each country, which should consider developments in:
  • Individual and institutional capacities for both the generation and use of HPSR at national and sub-national levels.
  • Research productivity and outputs in the field of HPSR and their influences on the field in general (i.e., among the wider HPSR community) and influences on health system strengthening within the country itself.
  • Impact of HPSR on practice, policies and regulation in the country, including any increase in dedicated HPSR funding or commitment from the government of the country.
Funding Information and Duration
The maximum amount of funding available from the Alliance will be US$ 185 000. No further funding will be provided by the Alliance within and beyond the project period. The activities should take no longer than nine months and are expected to commence roughly in January 2020.

Eligibility Criteria
For consideration for this award, the following eligibility criteria apply:
The principal investigator (PI) should:
  • Have several years of broad global health research experience in LMICs, including HPSR;
  • Have experience with or exposure to the work of the Alliance;
  • Be involved in or published on research capacity assessment or research impact assessments; and
  • Have experience with doing capacity development for research in LMICs.
The team should:
  • Comprise of 1) a core team that defines methods and research tools and oversees work in multiple countries, and 2) a network of key people and HPSR collaborators living in or with knowledge of the relevant countries;
  • Be familiar with quantitative and qualitative research approaches, especially for understanding contribution and impact of policies and programmes;
  • Demonstrate language skills outside of English as appropriate for the countries;
  • Have experience using innovative approaches to communicating research findings.
Evaluation Criteria
Submissions will be reviewed by at least two independent reviewers who will judge proposals based on:
  • Appropriateness of the proposed methods for meeting the objectives of the call
  • Feasibility of the proposed approach for meeting deadlines
  • Eligibility criteria outlined above
  • Value for money
How to Apply
Applications must be submitted at the address given on the website.
For more information, please visit https://www.who.int/alliance-hpsr/callsforproposals/en/

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