TDR, the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, hosted at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, is pleased to announce a call for research applications to stimulate intersectional gender research efforts in infectious disease prevention and control.
This call aims to strengthen gender and intersectionality analyses in infectious disease research. Under this call, either several individual institutions (up to three), or one multi-country institutional consortium proposal, will be selected for eighteen months’ funding up to a maximum amount of US$ 200 000.
- The overall objective of this work is to generate evidence on gender intersecting inequalities in infectious disease epidemiology, prevention and control, as well as gender and intersectionality applied in infectious disease implementation research processes. Specifically, studies could focus on one or more of the topics listed below.
- This list is not exhaustive; research teams may suggest slightly different titles or foci although preference will be given to closely related topics. They invite research teams to generate evidence from single or multiple contexts that span the translational research spectrum and are of any methodological underpinning. Teams should address gender, sex, and their intersections with associated inequities in infectious diseases. The evidence generated will inform TDR’s research and programmes, which in turn may also influence future implementation research, policy and practice.
- In the context of infectious diseases, research studies may focus on:
- Exploring how social and gender-related dynamics influence if, why and how implementation strategies on infectious diseases work.
- Studying the intersection of sex and gender with other social stratifiers to understand marginalization and disadvantage in access to health services and interventions.
- Research on the intersection of gender and other axes of inequality in delivery and access to prevention and control approaches and products to prevent and control infectious diseases.
- Considering ways in which underlying gender power relations can be challenged and progressively changed during the research process.
- How to optimize health interventions in structural violence conditions where the most vulnerable people live with a high burden of infectious diseases.
- Research studies that apply an intersectional gender lens to assess the risk of disease exposure and the intersection with social determinants of infectious diseases and comorbidities.
- Research studies that address sex- or gender-associated health or social outcomes of infectious diseases, including the ways in which gender and other axes of inequality shape individual or household-level indicators of well-being.
- Studies that address gender dimensions and apply an intersectional lens in infectious disease programme delivery, including mass drug administration coverage, infectious disease control interventions, utilization of water and sanitation resources, and access to disease management services for morbidity, disability, or mental health services.
- Evidence on the influence of gender dynamics/gender power relations, gender intersecting inequalities, culturally dominant constructions of masculinity and femininity in shaping people’s health and health seeking behaviours across population subgroups.
- How gender norms, roles and relations intersect with other axes of inequality (e.g. sex, age, social class, ethnicity, gender identity, geographic location, refugee status, disability, etc.) to determine unique circumstances of disadvantage and/or privilege in access to health care and treatment of infectious diseases.
- Evidence of the extent to which COVID-19 affects women, men, trans women, trans men and people with non-binary gender identities, in terms of benefiting from health interventions and access to care and treatment of infectious diseases.
Proposals will be considered for a total funding envelope of up to US$ 200 000, supporting a maximum of 3 research projects.
The duration for the award will be 18 months with an estimated start date in September 2020.
- This research programme has a selective nature. It seeks to identify unique established research groups, institutions, consortiums or networks with expertise and a track record in applying intersectionality and gender analyses/approaches to public health and research on infectious diseases of poverty that would benefit from a new influx of funding to advance their research work.
- Any research group, institution, consortium or network from multi-country institutions (from at least two countries) working in low and middle-income countries are eligible to apply.
- Applications are limited to groups or entities with previous experience/track record (through publications and on-the-ground experience with community participatory projects) in undertaking intersectionality, gender and public health research and/or interventions relevant to infectious diseases in LMICs. Groups should include collaborations from across multiple disciplines and those working in programmes embedded within the relevant sectors (e.g. ministries of health and gender), academic institutions, research institutes and nongovernmental organizations, professional societies and civil service organizations involved in infectious disease research activities.
- Applications should be headed by a qualified researcher (PhD level). Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity are key principles embedded in core areas of TDR’s work. Women researchers, researchers whose gender identity differs from their sex assigned at birth and researchers with gender identities of non-binary spectrum are strongly encouraged to apply. Grants will be awarded to the beneficiary institution where the lead researcher/s is/are based.
For more information, visit https://www.who.int/tdr/grants/calls/intersectionality-and-gender-research-call/en/