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Tropical Disease Research Fellowship

Year Established: 1999

The Clinical Research Career Development Fellowships (CDF), which Tropical Disease Research initiated in 1999, targets training to research and development (R&D) priority areas and develops highly skilled local researchers that add to developing countriesí R&D capacity now and for the future. This fellowship trains individuals during 12 months in situ with relevant company partners in order to develop specialised skills not readily taught in academic centres. These skills include inter alia R&D project management, regulatory compliance and good practice.

This programme is more than a post-doctoral or internship placement. Host organisations (companies) take responsibility for accelerated training with the knowledge that the candidate will not be retained in their organisation. Host organisations generally assign a senior scientist to mentor the fellows, thus making a significant in-kind contribution to the clinical fellowship programme through staff and other organisational costs.

Upon completing their fellowships, the individuals return to their home institutes to undertake a leadership role, and become valuable resources in the global effort on R&D for neglected infectious diseases. Tropical Disease Research (TDR) experience has shown that many organisations, including funding agencies, actively seek out individuals capable of conducting Good Clinical Practice compliant trials. The home institution receives funding to carry out clinical trials and upgrade facilities required for regulatory compliance. As such, the CDF programme has an add-on benefit of strengthening the home institution's capacity to engage in new projects. At a more fundamental level it results in such research being managed and coordinated from within developing countries by developing country institutions rather than by external experts 'parachuted in' to manage the studies from outside.

Target Sector:

Typology of Knowledge Network:
Scientific Community

Knowledge Type / Focus:

Participant Type:
Private Sector

Objective / Knowledge Governance:
Cooperative Research

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