Wednesday, June 11, 2008

WHO Supports Research Grants

The Small Research Grants project is a new initiative of the World Health Organization’s World Alliance for Patient Safety. The aim is to stimulate research studies on patient safety priority areas by providing seed funding for 20 to 30 small research projects

The WHO World Alliance is looking for research proposals that focus on identifying, developing and/or testing local improvement interventions for patient safety, as well as studies on cost-effectiveness of risk reducing strategies. Other priorities that have been identified at global, regional, or local levels with the potential for translation into policy and practice will also be considered.

All researchers affiliated with a recognized institution located in the country where the research project will be conducted are eligible. Research can be done in any healthcare setting. Collaboration is strongly encouraged, both between institutions and between countries. Applicants may wish to consider submitting collaborative research projects with colleagues in different countries, including those with well-developed patient safety research programs.

The Call for Proposal applications will be available July 1, 2008 with applications due September 30, 2008. Projects are scheduled to begin in the spring of 2009. Funding of $500,000 will be available with $10,000 to 25,000 to be awarded for each grant.

For more information, email or The address for the project is World Alliance for Patient Safety, Information, Evidence and Research (IER/PSP), WHO, Avenue Apia 20, CH-1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland.