Politics of Health Policy and Systems Research Funding

The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (Alliance HPSR) is an international research partnership hosted by the World Health Organisation that works with organisations around the world to improve the health of those in low- and middle-income countries by supporting the generation and use of evidence that strengthens health systems.

Health policy and systems research (HPSR) is an emerging field that seeks to understand and improve how societies organise themselves in achieving collective health goals, and how different actors interact in the policy and implementation processes to contribute to policy outcomes. It works across multiple disciplines, including economics, sociology, anthropology, political science, public health and epidemiology to draw a comprehensive picture of how health systems respond and adapt to health policies, and how health policies can shape (and be shaped by) health systems and the broader determinants of health.

Alliance HPSR has issued a call for proposals ‘Politics of Health Policy and Systems Research Funding’ to solicit proposals for a research study to improve understanding of how and why multilaterals, bilaterals and major foundations choose to, or not to, fund health policy and systems research, with particular attention to the political factors and determinants that influence such decisions.

A maximum of $90,000 is available to a researcher or research team, with appropriate skills and familiarity with the science and politics of HPSR and ability to access the funding and policy-making community, to conduct a research study over no more than six months, ending no later than 15 March 2021.

Through this call the Alliance is seeking to gain an objective understanding of the political factors and determinants that influence HPSR funding, including prevailing attitude of funders towards HPSR. This work will inform the Alliance and HPSR community at large to formulate their strategies for informed policy dialogues and advocacy for more funding.

Proposals should be submitted by the deadline of 5 September 2020 (23:59 CEST).

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