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As always apologies for cross posting bust I wanted to make sure you had all seen the recent call research proposals from the GPEI. I thought topic areas 1, 2 and 3 may be of particular interest to communication experts.



Global Polio Eradication Initiative

Call for Research Proposals

The Polio Research Committee (PRC) is currently soliciting research proposals. The PRC is particularly interested in the below topics ("Topics of Interest"), in line with the new Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) Strategic Plan 2010-2012 . Researchers are invited to submit proposals by 15 November 2010 to the Research and Product Development team, GPEI, WHO Geneva, by email to polioresearch@who.int.


Proposals will be reviewed at the next PRC meeting, to be held in December 2010 in New Delhi, India, and endorsed proposals will be considered for funding by the International PolioPlus Committee (IPPC), Rotary International.


Topics of Interest:


The PRC will accept different types of research proposals (e.g., immunology, virology, epidemiology, clinical study, communication and social study) to help achieve and maintain polio eradication. In this funding round, the PRC is particularly interested in innovative proposals focusing on operational research to improve key field operations in the polio eradication programme (e.g., supplementary immunization activity, acute flaccid paralysis surveillance and other aspects of overall programme quality).

Specific topic areas of interest include:

1. Identification of key issues in areas with persistent polio transmission and/or repeated importations resulting in re-established transmission;

2. Social research to understand migratory and moving populations and implications to the polio epidemiology in polio-infected countries (e.g., the size and pattern of migration and their knowledge, attitude and practice towards immunization and general healthcare seeking behaviour);

3. Effective models for the quality coverage of migratory and moving populations during supplementary immunization activities;

4. Evaluation of initiatives to improve operations in areas with compromised security (e.g., short interval additional doses, alternative operational model to address security risks);

5. Evaluation of alternative supplementary immunization activity monitoring systems; and,

6. Improvement of acute flaccid paralysis surveillance (e.g., study on variation in definitions, guidelines, quality, indicators, data analysis and role of additional surveillance beyond indicators).

Research proposals are invited from GPEI staffs (e.g., EPI managers) and independent institutions/investigators and private cooperation.


Procedure for submission of proposals:

All research proposals should include the following information:

1. Research question/objectives (e.g., research questions, reference to published literature and cutting-edge science, description of how the results will be utilized).

2. Qualification of investigators and collaborators (e.g., track record of researchers, capability of laboratory, necessary contractual arrangements).

3. Budget request (e.g., appropriate for work anticipated).

4. Study design and methodology (e.g., detailed activities, timelines, deliverables, availability of necessary capacities, feasibility of methods, plans for ethical and government approvals).


The standard research proposal form is available at http://www.polioeradication.org/Research/Grantsandcollaboration/Howtoapply.aspx