The Health Research Program supports real-world research and translates findings into effective health interventions that can be adapted globally.
What is the Health Research Program?
The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Health Research Program supports research and development, introduction, adoption, sustained use and scale-up of new or refined products, technologies, tools, interventions, and systems to improve maternal, newborn, and child health and nutrition (MNCHN) in low and middle income countries (LMICs).
The Health Research Program is managed by a team within the Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition in the Bureau for Global Health.
Our research priorities:
- Management of severe and complicated illnesses during childbirth
- Informed care-seeking and timely referrals for improved pregnancy outcomes
- Addressing health systems responsiveness to urban population needs in sub-Saharan Africa
- Strengthening quality of care around priority MNCHN interventions
- Advancing implementation research, knowledge management, and research translation
Research-to-use is an iterative process that encompasses the full spectrum of applied research from prioritization to implementation to utilization of findings to improve practices, programs and policies.
The Health Research Program supports a process that typically begins with setting research priorities in partnership with local stakeholders, jointly planning and implementing research using existing systems, identifying bottlenecks to delivery or uptake of services and refining as necessary. Learning occurs throughout the process, at all levels and across diverse stakeholders.
The objectives are twofold: sustained scale at the country level and collaborative learning at the global level.
to reach those who would benefit most.
may not have the same outcomes in a real-world setting.
continuous monitoring and adaptation to ensure effectiveness and impact.
account, accelerating our ability to scale-up interventions that work.
Types of partners:
We work with other development partners, multilateral organizations, academic institutions and implementing partners to advance implementation research.
Current implementing partners include:
- Coordinating Implementation Research to Communicate Learning and Evidence (CIRCLE) led by Social Solutions International, Inc.
- Health Evaluation and Applied Research Development (HEARD) led by University Research Co., LLC
- United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
Learn more about our Partners.