The new Leprosy Research Initiative - ANESVAD Foundation RESILIENTD grant: you asked, we answer:

Q: What does RESILIENTD stand for? 
A: RESILIENTD is an acronym for 'REsearch on SocIaL determInants of lEprosy and NTD’ and was chosen to reflect the resilience of communities affected by skin NTDs as well as the resilience of researchers, donors and the wider public health stakeholders to eliminate NTDs.

Q: How is RESILIENTD different from other LRI calls for proposals? 
A: The RESILIENTD grant is facilitated by the LRI Secretariat, supported by the LRI structures and funded by Anesvad Foundation. The RESILIENTD grant will run for four budget rounds with calls for proposals in 2023, 2024, 2025 and 2026. The call for proposals is distinct in that it has a triple focus, all widely acknowledged to be important areas for intensified support and resources: a focus on 1.) social determinants of health 2.) the context of skin-NTDs, including leprosy, 3.) Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Q: How can I apply for the RESILIENTD grant?  
A: To apply, please follow the link which directs you to the LRI grant application portal: . This portal enables you to apply for and manage your grants online. We recommend you reading the LRI Grant Application Portal - User Guide document which describes how to register and submit an application.

Q: When I apply for this grant, what will be the next steps? 
A: After researchers submit their initial Letter of Intent (deadline: January 26th, 2024), all proposals will be reviewed. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal in the beginning of May 2024. After external assessment, applicants have the opportunity to submit a rebuttal by the end of August 2024. The final funding decision will be communicated by mid-December 2024.

Q: What are the criteria of selection? 
A: Proposals are being selected based on scientific quality and relevance as well as its innovative approach and potential impact, among other criteria.
Q: What is the average research project budget for the RESILIENTD grant? 
A: There is no minimum/maximum project budget, but we expect to fund research projects with an average annual budget of around €50,000 (ranging from €30,000 to €70,000).

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