How we work

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.
•   LRI is guided by a Steering Committee formed by the research coordinators of the partners.
•   All research supported by the LRI follows the procedures of the independent Scientific Research Committee.

•   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.

Eligibility criteria
•    The main topic of the study must fall within one of the agreed priority areas (
•    Research results must be directly applicable to leprosy services or to the wellbeing of persons affected by leprosy.
•    Preference will be given to proposals from or in close collaboration with institutions or organisations in endemic countries.
•    Project duration must not exceed four years (48 months).
•    A typical project budget does not exceed €50,000 per year, but certain biomedical research projects may be eligible for supplemental funding.

In addition to the eligibility criteria, this year the LRI has a particular interest in studies which include specific strategies to improve the participation of persons affected in research and in studies which are in support of PEP implementation (across all priority areas).

Please note that salary costs of senior researchers in non-endemic countries will only be supported to a limited extent (normally to a maximum 0.1 fte).


Application and review process
Researchers interested to apply for funding by the LRI are invited to complete and submit a Letter of Intent (LoI), giving an outline of the intended research. The LoIs should be submitted using the LRI Grant Application portal – which can be accessed via

LoIs should be submitted by March 3, 2020 at 23:59 (Amsterdam date and time) after which the application portal will be closed. We strongly advise you to take sufficient time to enter all the required data in the system.

LoIs will be screened by the LRI Steering Committee (SC). If the feedback by the SC is positive, the applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal before the next deadline (June 1st, 2020).

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.


Timeline Budget Round 2021

Announcement Call for Proposals:

Deadline submission Letter of Intent:

Results to applicants (rejection or invitation for a full proposal):

Feedback of independent reviewers to applicants:

Deadline rebuttal:

Results to applicants (rejection or award of grant):

December 2019

3 March 2020

Mid April 2020

15 August 2020

5 September 2020

December 2020