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RFI receives Grand Challenges Explorations grant in partnership with the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University

The Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University  in the U.S.A., in collaboration with Council for Health Research for Development, The Carter Center, The Task Force for Global Health, and the Expanded Special Project for Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ESPEN ) received a Grand Challenges Explorations grant for “Improving Campaigns Through Fair Partnerships and Organizational Learning” from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to adapt use of the Research Fairness Initiative as an organizational learning tool to enable neglected tropical disease elimination campaigns to draw on their experiences, improve their partner interactions, and enhance their overall impact.

Professor James V. Lavery from Emory University, US, also a COHRED Associate, is leading the project. Read More


Concerned Colleagues

The following authors supported the conceptualisation of and sentiments expressed in a recent correspondence submission to the Lancet:


Pr Carel IJsselmuiden

Executive Director

Council on Health Research for Development





Pr Marcel Tanner

President Swiss Academy of Sciences
Professor emeritus of Epidemiology and Medical Parasitology, University of Basel
Director emeritus and President R. Geigy Foundation
Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)




Dr Harry van Schooten

Executive Director


The Hague

The Netherlands


Dr Jon-Andri Lys

Previous Secretary for the KFPE




Pr Charles Mgone

Hubert Kairuki Memorial University

Dar es Salaam



Pr James V. Lavery

Hubert Department of Global Health

Rollins School of Public Health, and Center for Ethics

Emory University





Dr Mohammed AlKhaldi

Scientific collaborator and postdoctoral fellow

Council on Health Research for Development, Geneva
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Switzerland
Department of Public Health, Health systems unit, health policy and research systems
An-Najah National University, Palestine
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences


Pr Hassen Ghannem

Professor of Preventive & Community Medicine

Head of Dept of Epidemiology, University Hospital Farhat Hached,

University of Sousse, Tunisia

Currently Visiting Professor, Dept of Social & Preventive Medicine

School of Public Heath, University of Montreal, Canada


Dr Marieme Ba

Managing Director




Pr Douglas Wassenaar

South African Research Ethics Training Initiative (SARETI)

School of Applied Human Sciences

University of KwaZulu-Natal

South Africa




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.