Aim and scope
In line with the overall aim of the WEEPI Foundation, calls for proposals are aimed at supporting clinical or implementation research projects seeking to improve the quality of care for people with HIV, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis in the central and eastern European part of the WHO European Region. Eligible projects must focus on at least two of the following aspects:
- Reduction of barriers to testing, prevention and treatment for HIV, viral hepatitis and TB, including stigmatization and focusing on key population groups
- Improved quality of care, including adoption of European guidance (EACS, WHO, ECDC) into national guidelines and standards and implementation of quality control instruments to improve standard of care
- Generating evidence on new approaches to improve testing, prevention and care services for HIV, viral hepatitis and TB (including linkage to care)
- Building partnership with other health institutions at national and/or international level
- Capacity building at national level, including through advanced training, education and e-learning activities.
Organizations/institutions from countries in the central and eastern part of the WHO European Region are eligible to apply.
Eligible Institutions and Individuals
Public health institutions, universities, university-associated institutes, private and public hospitals, and non-governmental not for profit organizations.
Applicants must have a permanent employment in the applying eligible institution. Applications must be endorsed by the governing body of the institution. In case the individual(s) who applied for the grant leaves the institution, the grant as well as the responsibility for completing the project remains with the governing body of the institution.
Stage 1 applications
Stage 1 projects must form a relevant contribution to achieving at least two of the aims of the call, especially improving HIV, hepatitis or TB testing and care and reducing barriers to testing. Stage 1 projects will be the basis for applying for a later stage 2 project but must be planned as stand-alone projects. Project duration should not exceed 12 months.
Stage 2 applications
After completion of a stage 1 project phase, institutions/organizations that successfully carried out a stage 1 project will be eligible to apply for a stage 2 project of considerably larger size and impact requirements. The stage 2 projects should build on outcomes, insights and lessons learnt from the stage 1 pilot project. Running time will be up to three years.