* Call for proposals for 'Research capacity strengthening – Budget round 2023' is CLOSED. * 


Application and selection criteria

Strengthening research capacity has been one of our main objectives since the start of the Initiative which we are committed to support further. The LRI is therefore pleased to announce a new call for proposals for funding commencing in 2023: the Research capacity strengthening grant, aiming to fund innovative short projects led by early career researchers.   

Eligibility criteria:

  • Applicant must be an early career researcher (defined as not having been a PI on a previous research project with a budget ≥€20,000) affiliated with an organisation/institution where leprosy research or control programmes are being carried out.
  • The focus of the research should be leprosy – including research applications combining leprosy with other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) or other diseases or disabilities that share cross-cutting issues with leprosy.
  • The main topic of the study must fall within one of the agreed LRI priority areas for leprosy research (https://leprosyresearch.org/research/research-priorities ).
  • Research results must be directly applicable to leprosy services or promote the wellbeing of persons affected by leprosy.
  • The total budget must not exceed €20,000.
  • The project duration must not exceed 24 months.
  • Approval from Applicant’s line manager and commitment from a project mentor must be sought and included in the submission. 

Researchers interested to apply are invited to complete and submit a Letter of Intent (LoI), giving an outline of the intended research. The LoIs can only be submitted using the LRI Grant application portal which can be accessed via https://leprosyresearch.flexigrant.com/. The online portal will open on December 2nd, 2022.

LoIs should be submitted by January 27th, 2023 at 23:59 (CET) 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 screening on March 24th, 2023. If the feedback by the SC is positive, the applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by April 28th, 2023. The final funding decision will be communicated on June 30th, 2023.

Please note: funding of a Research capacity strengthening grant does not guarantee funding of future LRI regular grant proposals.

Submit Letter of Intent


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

Timeline Budget Round 2023

Announcement Call for Proposals:

2 December 2022

Deadline submission Letter of Intent:

27 January 2023

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

24 March 2023

Deadline submission Full Proposal:

28 April 2023

Results to applicants (rejection or award of grant):

30 June 2023