COHRED receives a substantial grant from Botnar Foundation to digitize the RFI

COHRED has received a substantial grant from the Botnar Foundation in Switzerland to digitize the RFI. Digitization will take place over 18 months between May 2019 – October 2020.

This grant will allow for the RFI website to be converted into an online digitial platform that will allow for the easy completion of RFI reports for institutions across the globe. The goals for the platform include improvements to the evidence base, meta-analysis of reports in order to understand trends and gaps, and will allow institutions to publish high quality reports with minimal effort and time.

This means you will be able to:
  • Work with a new and improved version of the RFI – that incorporates comments received from RFI users
  • Access the RFI website and find existing guidelines, practices and examples rapidly
  • Submit your institutional RFI report online reducing report writing time and effort
  • Publish high quality reports – selecting from several templates – with inclusion of your own graphics
  • Find lessons from everywhere and meta-analyses of reports to improve equitability in research collaborations

This will allow institutions, no matter how well-resourced, to produce high quality RFI reports which assist them in better understanding their practices, any gaps, and how they can improve on these in the future.

The RFI Team is excited to have the opportunity to improve the RFI system for all current and future users, and look forward to the coming months.



The RFI at the EDCTP Forum 2018

The RFI was included as a symposium topic at the EDCTP Forum 2018, and the session took place on Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

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In this session, RFI experts, RFI implementers and shared their views on how the RFI adds value to the research partnerships they are involved in – what can be improved – and why all research stakeholders should consider implementing the RI. The session included presentations on the following:

  • Application of the RFI in INSERM and AVIESAN
  • Added value of the RFI to IRESSEF
  • The WHO TDR RFI report – benefits and challenges from a funders perspective
  • Benefits of the RFI to national governments: Analysis of the RFI reports of 3 key Senegalese institutions
  • The RFI – Implementation at the IHMT & it’s adoption in the CPLP.

The presentations were followed by a discussion and questions from the audience. It was encouraging that may questions focused on “how to globalize the RFI”, rather than whether it was important.

The presentations can be found on our website here.


RFI article published as editorial in BMJ Global Health

An editorial written by COHRED in collaboration with the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Portugal was published as an editorial in the BMJ Global Health.


The article concerns the implementation/adoption of the RFI in the Portuguese speaking countries (CPLP), and specifically highlights how the RFI can help CPLP’s to improve their own research capacities through ensuring that partnerships are fair and transparent.



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The article can be accessed here.