Funds are disbursed through general and strategic calls for proposals. Generally, the annual call for proposals is published in December of a given calendar year and is open for applications for about two months. Researchers interested to apply for funding by the LRI should complete and submit a Letter of Intent (LoI), giving an outline of the intended research. As long as there is an open call an application can be submitted via the online Grant Application Portal via

Budget Round 2023 - CALL CLOSED

Application and selection criteria

The Leprosy Research Initiative (LRI) is pleased to announce a call for proposals for funding commencing in 2023. 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 ( This budget round preference will be given to research applications addressing the following topics:
    i) cost-efficient case finding strategies
    ii) development and validation of lab or field-based assays for leprosy diagnosis.
    Proposals can address these two research topics in combination or individually.
  • 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).
  • There is no budget ceiling for the current call. By way of guidance: projects LRI has funded in the past years had an average annual budget of €30,000 (ranging from €10,000 to €75,000) – although in exceptional cases higher annual budgets have been accepted (with a maximum of four years).

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 The online portal will open on December 1st, 2021.

LoIs should be submitted by January 28th, 2022 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. Only applications in English will be considered.

LoIs will be screened by the LRI Steering Committee (SC). Applicants will be informed about the outcome of the LoI on March 14th 2022. If the feedback by the SC is positive, the applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal before the next deadline (May 2nd, 2022).


Submit Letter of Intent


For further details about the selection process see 'Grant Procedures'.

Timeline Budget Round 2022

Announcement Call for Proposals:

1 December 2021

Deadline submission Letter of Intent:

28 January 2022

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

14 March 2022

Deadline submission Full Proposal:

2 May 2022

Feedback of independent reviewers to applicants:

15 July 2022

Deadline submission rebuttal:

26 August 2022
Results to applicants (rejection or award of grant): 16 December 2022 (Dec 14 2021 - budget round 2022)