ESSENCE on Health Research, hosted at the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), is an initiative that allows donors and funders to identify synergies, establish coherence and increase the value of resources and action for health research. Fogarty is a member, and the
Center for Global Health Studies (CGHS) serves as co-chair of the steering committee.
More than 40 agencies that fund health research capacity strengthening in low- and middle-income countries participate in the ESSENCE Health Research initiative, which has established the ESSENCE Mechanism for reviewing and coordinating their funding. An open-access editorial in
Annals of Global Health,
A mechanism for reviewing investments in health research capacity strengthening in low- and middle-income countries, describes the ESSENCE Mechanism, its development and its purpose.
The Essence on Health Research website also offers good practice documents about working in low-resource settings.
Linda Kupfer, Ph.D.
Fogarty Division of International Science Policy, Planning and Evaluation
Updated August 2020