How we work
LRI joint research policy
The LRI partners have agreed a joint policy that defines research priorities and procedures for selection and monitoring of projects. The LRI research priorities focus on work that can be expected to produce tangible benefits for persons affected by leprosy, persons with disabilities and/or leprosy or disability programmes in the short to medium term. A new policy document has been drafted for 2020-2025. It includes the new research priorities and procedures for submitting proposals through an online application portal. Click here to download the new Policy document.
LRI working procedures
• The LRI partners allocate funds to a joint research budget on an annual basis, but with the view of making multi-annual commitments for support to research projects.
• All research supported by the LRI has been peer reviewed by external peer reviewers. Click here to read how you may sign up as an external reviewer.
Budget Round 2021 - CALL OPEN
The Leprosy Research Initiative (LRI) is pleased to announce a call for proposals for funding commencing in 2021. LRI funds research with a focus on leprosy – including research applications combining leprosy with other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) or other diseases that share cross-cutting issues with leprosy.
Application and review process
Full proposals will be sent out for review by at least two independent reviewers. The comments of the reviewers are forwarded anonymously to the applicants. The applicants then have the opportunity to submit a rebuttal and revised proposal if relevant. The Scientific Review Committee (SRC) reviews the full proposals, the reviewer’s comments and the rebuttal and decides whether or not to recommend a given proposal for funding by the LRI. The SC reviews the feedback of the SRC and provides additional advice regarding priority and operational relevance of proposals to the LRI. In case several proposals have been recommended for funding, the SC may rank proposals according to perceived priority. The comments of the SRC and SC are forwarded to the LRI Executives Group (EG) who, taking all comments into consideration, decide whether the proposal will be funded from the LRI joint fund. The applicants will be informed of the LRI EG’s decision as soon as possible, but at the latest on the last working day before Christmas of a given year.