What is leprosy2

The Leprosy Research Initiative envisions a world free from leprosy


The LRI is a combined venture of ILEP members and closely associated partners. The LRI was launched in 2013 to establish a joint fund to support leprosy research and mechanisms to access external funding.


We fund research

The joint fund is used for research that is exclusively or strongly related to leprosy. Additional resources are actively sought for research in the field of general disabilities and for research aimed at different diseases (e.g. other NTDs, TB and diabetes) in combination with leprosy. Since 2014, the Leprosy Research Initiative has supported more than 45 different projects spread over six continents.


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March 12, 2020: The LRI Spring Meeting is CANCELLED >>>




Call for external reviewers

Are you interested to support the LRI team and contribute to the independent review process of our grant cycle? We are looking for independent external reviewers with expertise in (one of) the areas supported by LRI, who understand the importance of high quality review. External reviewers are usually approached in June with a request to review and the reviews need to be submitted by early August. External reviewers are not paid for their contribution. For more information or to sign up please send us an e-mail at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you want to sign up please include your contact information, field of expertise, and short resume.


We are a partnership

The Leprosy Research Initiative is led by an Executives Group of primary funders including: NLR, Amer­i­can Lep­rosy Mis­sions (ALM), Ger­man Lep­rosy and Tuber­cu­lo­sis Relief Asso­ci­a­tion (GLRA), effect:hope (The Lep­rosy Mis­sion Canada) and The Leprosy Mission International (TLMI). Our associate partners are: The Mission to End Leprosy (formerly known as TLM Ire­land), Plan:G (formerly the Austrian leprosy Relief Association) and Damian Foundation. We collaborate with the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy.


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