Application for funded workshop for early career researchers from Mexico- or London-based institutions! Application here: Application form London – Mexico workshop

Workshop Title:  Towards comprehensive evaluation for health and development: promoting the integration of evaluation methods.

Methods: impact evaluation for health; theories of change; process evaluation; mixed methods for evaluation.


A British Council programme, ‘British Council Researcher Links’ provides opportunities for early career researchers from the UK and internationally to interact, learn from each other and explore opportunities for building long-lasting research collaborations.

As part of this programme, staff at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) Mexico are organising a workshop that will bring together researchers from Mexico and the United Kingdom who have research experience in the field of evaluation in health care. The aim is to share understanding of evaluation methods, and how to integrate quantitative and qualitative methods within evaluation to assess whether an intervention works and how it works.

Participants should be early career researchers with experience using experimental or quasi-experimental methods to evaluate impact in health and/or process evaluation methods, and participatory approaches to understand implementation and how interventions work.   A further theme within the workshop will be the evaluation of financial incentives in health (for example, performance based financing or conditional cash transfers, vouchers, health insurance or other demand-side financing approach).

Knowledge sharing and learning between participants will be promoted through a mix of lectures, research “surgeries” (where researchers will have the opportunity to present their research in the form of a poster/short oral presentation and discuss this with established researchers from the UK and Mexico), and networking sessions pairing researchers from each country to further discuss specific methodological issues in relation to their own research and learn from one another.   The workshop will have a methodological focus, aiming to raise awareness and understanding of state of the art methods for evaluation and to promote working together on collaborative proposals and research papers.  Time will also be set aside to discuss further training and funding opportunities.  There will be a focus on building up links for future collaborations and participants will be selected on the basis of their research potential and ability to build longer term links.

Dates and venue: The workshop will take place over 5 days during the week of April 20th 2015 in London.


The British Council will cover the costs related to the participation to the workshop, including: travel (both international and local), accommodation and meals. Costs for the visa will be covered; however participants will be responsible for making all the necessary arrangements. Although this cost will not be covered by the British Council, participants are encouraged to purchase an adequate travel and medical insurance. The British Council accepts no responsibility for any problems which may occur when the participants are in-country.

Application and Deadline:  Application form London – Mexico workshop must be completed and submitted by the 20th February to:

Josephine Borghi: and Juan Pablo Gutierrez:


Eligibility Criteria:

– Applications must be submitted using the Researcher Links application form

– Application must be submitted before the above deadline

– Participants must be Early Career Researchers: being in their last year of PhD, or holding a PhD and having up to 10 years post-PhD experience with research experience in evaluation methods (measuring impact through quasi-experimental methods, and/or undertaking process evaluation, theories of change).

– Participants must have a research or academic position (either a permanent post, research contract, or studentship/fellowship) at a recognised research institution either in the UK or in Mexico.

– Researchers have to be based at an Institution in Mexico or the UK, regardless of nationality (so could be non Mexican/ or non-UK).  UK or Mexicans based at institutions outside of Mexico or the UK are however unfortunately not eligible.

Quality Assessment

– Experience and relevance of the applicant’s research area to the workshop

– Motivation and contribution to the aims of the workshop

– Description of the long term impact expected through the participation in the workshop

– Ability to disseminate workshop’s outcomes


Notification of results:

Applicants will be notified by email by 27th February,


Equal Opportunities

The British Council is committed to equal opportunities and diversity in all its activities and this includes the avoidance of any bias in the assessment of applications due to gender, disability, racial or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or religious belief.




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RCUK-CONFAP Research Partnerships Call – preliminary notice

Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Brazilian Council of State Funding Agencies (CONFAP) will shortly invite applications for the Newton Fund RCUK-CONFAP Research Partnerships call.

The aim of this call will be to provide flexible short-term support for small-scale research and networking activities, with the objective of establishing sustainable collaborations between UK and Brazilian researchers, helping to build a community that will be better equipped to develop excellent research outcomes through this and future funding opportunities.  

Applications that address the following areas will be particularly welcomed:
●Urban transformations
●Food energy water environment nexus
●Biodiversity and ecosystems resilience
●Economic development and welfare reform

Applications across all research areas will also be eligible, as long as they make a strong case for UK-Brazil collaboration and meet the eligibility requirements associated with Official Development Assistance.

The call will open on 4 August 2014 and close on 17 October 2014. Further information will be provided in the call notice.


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Next deadline for preliminary applications: 31 October 2014


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GLOBVAC has decided on five thematic areas, in addition to one cross cutting theme, as game-changers with especially high potential for impact. These are:

  1. Interventions targeting prevention of illness/morbidity and the quality of care in pregnancy, maternal health and child health in low- and lower-middle income countries (LLMICs), including child growth, development and nutrition, and studies targeting Hepatitis E vaccination during pregnancy and early life.
  2. Diagnosis and treatment of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (TB MDR) in low-resource settings.
  3. HIV prevention and pregnancy tools e.g. microbicides and contraceptive measures, as well as innovative tools to prevent transmission of HIV, including targeted treatment strategies. Controlled trials are especially encouraged.
  4. Strategies with potential to scale up to improve adolescent girls’ health and education, including education about sexual rights and reproduction, as well as screening for and vaccination against Human papillomavirus (HPV).
  5. Studies on human gut microbiome with relevance for susceptibility to infectious diseases, the effect of vaccines, impact on malnutrition and obesity for people in low resource settings. Studies which can strengthen the basis for low-cost-interventions are especially encouraged.

Innovative applications of information technology to improve health and health systems are a cross-cutting priority. Focus should be on methods and technologies that are scalable.

The game-changers are part of the Global Health and Vaccination Research call for Researcher Projects and Young Scientist Grants with a deadline of 11 February 2015. 130 million NOK (15.8 million EUR/12.7 GBP/21 million USD) is available for this call.

Note that this particular call invites proposals within all thematic areas covered by the GLOBVAC work programme 2012-2020 (PDF-246.7 KB)  (NOTE: revised in 2014), and with particular emphasis on family planning and reproductive health (including contraceptive methods and safe abortion). Research linked to the recommendations of the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children is especially encouraged.

Projects directed at any low- and lower-middle income country (LLMIC) are invited to apply. Only Norwegian research institutions can be the project owner and submit the application. The research can be carried out in collaboration with institutions abroad.

For more information on this call as well as the GLOBVAC programme, please visit our webpage:

The Research Council of Norway


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