The MESA Grant-Making Process
The Malaria Eradication Scientific Agenda (malERA), published in 2011, identified critical gaps in malaria elimination and eradication research. MESA's grant-making program funds research in these areas in an effort to move this agenda forward, and achieve impact on malaria elimination programs around the globe.
Open Call For Proposals
Through topic-specific working groups, MESA brings together experts to further identify specific questions in under-studied areas in malaria elimination and eradication research. MESA describes these questions in open calls that are widely disseminated online, and through various list-servs. There are currently no open calls for proposals.
The evaluation process is independent and transparent. A panel of experts is conviened to individually review the projects. They are then discussed and ranked together by the panel, and a recommendation is made to the MESA Steering Committee, who take a strategic decision on the final projects to be funded.
After project kick-off, periodic reporting is managed by the MESA Secretariat. The current portfolio consists of projects lasting an average of 2 years, working with a maximum budget of $200,000, in 14 countries around the world.
In addition to working closely with the NMCP (National Malaria Control Programmes), PIs are encouraged to submit their findings to be published in open access journals.
The overarching goal of the MESA grants program is to provide scientific evidence that can impact on malaria elimination programmes in-country, improving efficiency and effectiveness.
MESA's current portfolio funds three thematic areas: Health Systems' Readiness, Measurement of Transmission, and Operational research.
Schematics of MESA's previous grant-making processes can be seen here: