Call for Letters-of-Intent (LOI) Research to accelerate Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in light of population ageing in ASEAN Countries

The ASEAN-Japan Ministerial Meeting on Universal Health Coverage and Population Ageing took place on 14-15 July, 2017, in which Health Ministers from ASEAN countries and Japan articulated their commitments to accelerate universal health coverage in light of the challenges of population ageing

As a follow-up to this meeting and to accelerate the realization of these commitments, the World Health Organization (WHO) Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe Centre) is inviting researchers in ASEAN countries1 to submit Letters-of-Intent for descriptive or implementation research addressing issues in ensuring and sustaining Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in light of population ageing in the ASEAN region.

Research themes
The research should address one or more of the themes listed in the attachment, and can be descriptive research and/or implementation research.  The selected theme must be of relevance to the ASEAN regional or country context.

Funding types
There are two types of funding as described below.
Category A:  The Principal Investigator (PI) should be based in an ASEAN country.  No other restrictions apply in terms of co-investigators.  Under this category, up to five projects will be selected for one-year funding not to exceed US$ 60,000 per project.  
Category B:  The Principal Investigator (PI) should be based in an ASEAN country with a co-PI based in the Kansai region2 of Japan.  Under this call, up to five projects will be selected for one-year funding not to exceed US$ 80,000 per project.
For both categories, any of the research themes can be selected for study.  The focus of study can be on any ASEAN country, or countries – it is not restricted to the country in which the PI is based.  
If you would like some assistance in identifying a Kansai-based researcher to collaborate with, please feel free to contact the following WHO Kobe Centre staff:  Mr Shinjiro Nozaki, TEL. +81 78 230 3142 (direct),

Submission of Letters-of-Intent (LOI)
The LOI should be formulated as concise text of not more than 3 A4 pages outlining the following:
i. Project title ii. Proposed composition of research team, including Principal Investigator (PI), Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI), Co-Investigators,  and their research institutions (with website URLs) iii. Background and problem statement/rationale iv. Study goals and objectives v. Geographic scope of research vi. Methods and data sources vii. Timeline for project implementation viii. Estimated budget 
The template for the LOI is available at:
The CVs of the PI, Co-PI, Co-Investigators and proposed researchers should be attached as an Appendix.  Supplementary (optional) information could include letters of support from other institutions.  The deadline for submission of the LOI is Friday, 15 September, 2017, 17:00 JST.  
Evaluation and selection of Letters-of-Intent
All incoming LOIs will be technically reviewed in September 2017.  Initial screening will be done to ensure that all LOIs are responsive to the research theme before inclusion in the scientific evaluation.  The evaluation of LOIs will be based on scientific merit and geographic balance with the following weights assigned:   Appropriate problem statement, rationale, and relevance to public health (20%)  Clear and well-defined research objectives (20%)   Sound research design (30%)  Team composition and qualifications suitable to the research task proposed (30%)
Selection of LOIs will also consider the research balance across ASEAN countries in terms of both the countries of PIs and the countries of study focus.
LOIs with strong evaluations will be invited to develop a full proposal during October-November 2017.  The format of a full proposal can be found at:
Full proposals will be reviewed by an external expert committee in December 2017 – January 2018.  Proposals which demonstrate high scientific merit and relevance will be selected for funding.

How to apply
Letters-of-intent should be submitted in English, by e-mail (preferably as one pdf file) to:

Call for Letters-of-Intent (LOI)  please review attached pdf for more information.

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