The South Asia Research Hub (SARH) of DFID has launched a systematic review programme with the following objectives:
- Providing a robust assessment of the available evidence for development programming and policymaking in South Asia;
- Strengthening capacity of South Asian organisations to conduct systematic reviews.
Based on the above objectives, the programme seeks to commission several research products, comprising of systematic reviews and evidence summaries, in themes relevant to the development priorities of South Asia.
Systematic reviews will be commissioned from organisations having prior experience in conducting such reviews (to be called competitive systematic reviews), as well as from other teams having basic technical skills but requiring additional support to conduct systematic reviews (to be called training systematic reviews; teams conducting these to be called trainee review teams). Evidence summaries (of existing systematic reviews) can be prepared both by organisations having prior experience in conducting systematic reviews or by teams with limited exposure to systematic reviews. Selection of organisations will be done separately for each study through open bidding.
The first call for competitive systematic reviews and evidence summaries, issued on 3 July 2015, has been successfully commissioned.
Now, we invite proposals for training systematic reviews and training evidence summary under the programme. Training systematic reviews and evidence summaries includes provision of capacity building support to teams conducting these. Hence these do not require past experience in conducting systematic reviews.
Organisations based in South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan and Myanmar) are strongly encouraged to apply. If relevant, organisations may form consortium that include non-South Asia partners. However the lead organisation of the consortium should be based in South Asia. Support for capacity building will normally be available only to the South Asian organisations.
The last date for submitting the proposal(s) is: 18 January 2016 (Monday) by 17:00 UK time. You may apply for all or any of themes provided in RfPs by submitting separate proposals for each.
You may submit your queries on the RFP via emails to: firstname.lastname@example.org , latest by 17 December 2015. Responses to the queries will be posted on the EPPI-Centre’s website by 23 December 2015.
This programme is being co-ordinated by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the EPPI-Centre and LIRNEasia.
- Request for proposal document for training evidence summary
- Request for proposal document for training systematic reviews
- The systematic review methodology brochure
- Pre-bid queries and their responses
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