Investigating a second valley of death in malaria R&D

16 Apr 2018

How is “research for implementation” funded?

Preview of a pilot study comparing this field to funding for basic research and product development

A study on funding for malaria research and development has identified the tracking of support for research for implementation as a particular challenge. Developed by a consortium of research and development organizations, the report highlights gaps in financial reporting and monitoring tools to document funding in this area. 

The report draws on a longer analysis developed by Malaria No More UK, PATH, and the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) based at the World Health Organization (WHO), together with the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics, Innovative Vector Control Consortium, Medicines for Malaria Venture, Policy Cures Research, and WHO’s Global Malaria Programme.


Early findings point to the need for better financial tracking tools

An initial set of recommendations for policymakers and malaria research organizations emphasize the need to:

  1. Agree on research for implementation definitions.
  2. Improve tracking of research for implementation funding at the institutional, national, and subnational levels, including in low- and middle-income countries.
  3. Track funding for training and capacity building for research for implementation.
  4. Continue to build the database on funding of research for implementation

Read more about the report on the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative website.


1. World Malaria Report 2017