GDN is inviting applications from multi-disciplinary research teams, for a research grant to undertake a systematic study of the research environment in developing countries. The research project is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), and the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation.

About the project:

The “Doing Research” project, through these studies,seeks to develop a comprehensive understanding of the factors pertaining to policy framework, institutional factors, and informal relations that influence the organization of social science research, its quality, quantity and social relevance. The ultimate goal of the project is to build a systematic framework to document the research environment in developing countries around the world.

The country case studies supported under this initiative will be used to inform a broader discussion on a systematic methodology and framework that could be used to observe, analyse and document the research environment in a larger number of countries in a consistent and comparable way as the project is expanded to cover a larger number of countries in the next phase.

About the call:

The research studies supported by this grant will have to be based on developing countries from Africa, South Asia, East Asia, South East Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean and carried out by research teams in developing countries.

The call for proposal looks to support 6-7 extensive research studies within the overarching theme of “Doing Research”. The grant provided under this initiative will be up to a maximum ceiling of US$ 43,000 depending on the scope (in terms of geographical coverage and the level of data and information to be generated) of the proposed research.

Last Date for Submission: 30 July 2014

1. Competition Rules And Guidelines

Please review carefully. Any application that does not follow the guidelines will NOT be considered.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The grant is open only to research teams based in developing countries with the requirement that the applicants (researchers) need to be permanent residents of these countries. Teams can have research collaborators based in developed countries; however such an individual cannot be the Principal Investigator.
  • The Principal Investigator has to be based in the country which is being studied. In case of multi-country studies (2 or more country studies), a resident senior research collaborator is mandatory for each of the countries under study.
  • Citizens of developing countries temporarily residing in a developed country for no more than five years are eligible to apply as part of a team. However, the principal investigator of the research proposal must currently reside and be a permanent resident of a developing country and she/he should be affiliated to an organization headquartered in either of these countries. At least half of the researchers (including the principal investigator) of the team must currently reside in the proposed country to be studied.
  • Staff members of multilateral and bilateral organizations (AusAID, DFID, IADB, IMF, UN agencies, World Bank, and other similar organisations) are eligible to participate only as external advisors. They cannot be recipients of grant funding or salary compensation from the project, although their indirect costs of participation in workshops and meetings may be reimbursed from the budget provided for grant funding. Previous employees of the GDN are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants should clearly mention if this proposal is receiving or scheduled to receive funds from other sources. It should be clearly explained how the additional funds provided by the grant would reinforce/complement the existing funds for successful completion of the research.
  • We welcome applications that have multidisciplinary research teams and/or are joint applications from researchers proposing to undertake the study simultaneously in 2 or more countries.

Priority Countries:

An indicative list of preferred countries considered to constitute interesting case studies is given below:

India, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Africa, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Senegal, Malawi, Zambia, Mali, Mozambique, China, Indonesia and Botswana.

However, GDN welcomes interesting research proposals from all developing countries around the world. Completed applications from developing countries apart from those listed above will receive equal weightage in the evaluation process.

How to Apply:

  • Applications need to be submitted online to the email address dr-cfp, with the subject line ‘Doing Research Application – [country]’.
  • Please ensure that the application follows the provided dr-cfp, with the subject line: ‘Doing Research Application Request’.

Dear All,

INASP is pleased to announce the 2014 Open Access Week competition is now open!

The competition is an annual INASP/UNESCO collaboration aimed at showcasing the Open Access activities of universities and research institutions within developing and emerging countries.

The event takes place in the months leading up to the seventh annual Open Access Week (October 20-26). This global event provides an opportunity for the academic and research community to learn more about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in Open Access developments.

For more information on the competition, eligibility and how to apply, see our Open Access Week competition page: There you can also find information on previous winners.

Please share this information with all contacts within your country, and do not hesitate to contact me at aventurini if you have any questions.

Best wishes,

Programme Assistant, Research, Access&Availability

Open Access Week competition info.pdf


  • The Healthcare Innovation Award contributes to an ambitious partnership between GSK and Save the Children, which aims to save the lives of a million of the world’s poorest children

GSK and Save the Children today announced the launch of their second annual $1 million Healthcare Innovation Award at the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health meeting in South Africa. The award was established to identify and reward innovations in healthcare that have proven successful in reducing child deaths in developing countries.

From the 27 June – 25 August, organisations from across the developing world can nominate examples of innovative healthcare approaches they have discovered or implemented. These approaches must have resulted in tangible improvements to under-5 child survival rates, be sustainable and have the potential to be scaled-up and replicated. This year, special interest and attention will be given to work that aims to increase the quality of, or access to, healthcare for newborns.

Last year the top prize was awarded to Friends of Sick Children (FOSC), Malawi, for their ‘bubble’ Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) kit, which demonstrates the impact of simple, low-cost innovations. The ‘bubble’ helps babies that are in respiratory distress, often caused by acute infections like pneumonia, by keeping their lungs inflated so they can breathe more easily. A similar version is already commonly used in developed countries where they cost at least $6,000 each. This innovative low-cost ‘bubble’ CPAP adaptation can be produced for approximately $400.

FOSC was granted an award of $400,000, which along with backing from the Ministry of Health in Malawi, will enable them and their partners to share this life-saving technology with teaching hospitals in Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa.

Co-chaired by Sir Andrew Witty, CEO of GSK, and Justin Forsyth, CEO of Save the Children, a judging panel, made up of experts from the fields of public health, science and academia, will award part of the overall funds to the best healthcare innovation to support further progress. The remaining funds will be made available for runners-up awards as directed by the judging panel.

The award also aims to provide a platform for winning organisations to showcase their innovations and share information with others interested in improving healthcare for children in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Sir Andrew Witty, CEO, GSK said: “We are committed to working in partnership with other organisations and our work with Save the Children is a great example of how we can use our scientific expertise and reach to help improve health outcomes for people around the world. As a direct result of this award last year’s winners have already had a tremendous impact and we want to continue to support them as they develop innovations that can be scaled-up and replicated to help reduce child deaths in the world’s poorest countries.”

Justin Forsyth, Chief Executive, Save the Children said: “We know that in order to bring life-saving healthcare to the hardest to reach children, ambitious new ideas are needed. Last year’s Award found innovations that are saving children’s lives and can be replicated to help reach even more children. This year we look forward to discovering more pioneering solutions that will make a bigger impact for the world’s most vulnerable children.”

While good progress has been made in recent years, every year 6.2 million children worldwide still die before their fifth birthday. Often these children are in the most remote and marginalised communities. The GSK and Save the Children Healthcare Innovation Award aims to discover and encourage replication of the best and most innovative examples of healthcare to have the biggest impact for vulnerable children.

The Healthcare Innovation Award was announced following the launch of GSK and Save the Children’s ambitious new partnership in May 2013, which aims to save the lives of 1 million children in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. One of the most unique aspects of the partnership is the focus on working together to maximise innovations to tackle under-5 child mortality. For example, Save the Children is involved in helping GSK to research and develop child-friendly medicines, with a seat on a new paediatric R&D board to accelerate progress on innovative life-saving interventions for under-fives, and to identify ways to ensure the widest possible access in the developing world.

Recognising that innovation can take many shapes and forms, the criteria for the Healthcare Innovation Award are broad and can include approaches that focus on any aspect of healthcare, including science, nutrition, research, education or partnership working.

Further details on the judging process and criteria can be found online at Entries close on 25th August at 11:59pm (GMT). Winners will be announced in December 2014.

Notes to Editors:

Nominations must:

1) Be from a country classified as ‘low’, ‘lower-middle’, or ‘upper-middle’ income by the World Bank (, and not be from the European Union ( Countries classified as ‘high income’ by the World Bank or that are in the European Union are not eligible

2) Come from an organisation based in an eligible country, with an innovation used for the benefit of the people in an eligible country

GSK – one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. For further information please visit

About Save the Children:

Save the Children works in more than 120 countries. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential.

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Save the Children Enquiries:
Media enquiries: Jo Campbell +44 (0) 20 7012 6841 (London)
Cautionary statement regarding forward-looking statements
GSK cautions investors that any forward-looking statements or projections made by GSK, including those made in this announcement, are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Such factors include, but are not limited to, those described under Item 3.D ‘Risk factors’ in the company’s Annual Report on Form 20-F for 2013.