The RFI was mentioned in a post on the Michigan School of Public Healths blog, titled:
The first RFI report has been published by World Health Organisations Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (WHO TDR – http://www.who.int/tdr/news/2018/tdr-rfi-report-2018/en/). This is the first RFI report to be made public, and will serve as an example and template for future RFI reports.
We hope that this will encourage many other institutions and organisations to consider the RFI, and to work towards creating a better environment for fair and equitable global research in the future!
The RFI is universally applicable
The Research Fairness Initiative has been designed to work for any institution working towards providing local and global solutions for health through research and innovation.
It is not limited in its application to health research – it may be applied to science collaborations in general. COHRED’s traditional focus is on ‘research for health’ and we start in health, but ‘research for health’ is very broad: it involves nearly any sector one can think of. Science for applied research or product development requires research team interactions and alliance creation between many different partners.
The RFI will not just benefit institutions in low-income countries, though this is one of the major reasons for its development. Properly used, the RFI will be of benefit to any partner in any research collaboration. In fact, the RFI is designed as a key management tool to improve research and innovation collaborations, to catalyse institutional competitiveness.
The reporting guidelines are purposefully neutral and flexible to adapt to all types of organisations and stakeholders.