Welcome to the Leprosy Research Initiative

The Leprosy Research Initiative (LRI) is a combined venture of members of the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations (ILEP) and closely associated partners. The LRI was launched in 2013 with the aim to contribute to the goal of zero leprosy by promoting, facilitating and funding high-quality research; strengthening research capacity in endemic countries, and facilitating the translation of research results into policy and practice (www.leprosyresearch.org).

This portal enables you to apply for, and manage your grants online. We recommend you read reading the LRI Grant Application Portal - User Guide document (guide de l'utilisateur en français). This document describes how to register as a user of the portal and how to submit an application.

New users: please register first using the registration button at the bottom of the page on the left.

Existing users: if you have applied to or reviewed for the LRI through this portal in the past, you can use your email address and password to log in. If you have forgotten your password, you will be able to reset it.

Once you have logged in, please use the "Application Portal"  at the top left of this page or the blue button below to start a new application or manage your existing applications and awards.


Call for proposals for budget round 2023 is CLOSED 

The Leprosy Research Initiative (LRI) is pleased to announce a call for proposals for funding commencing in 2023.
LRI funds research with a focus on leprosy – including research applications combining leprosy with other
neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) or other diseases that share cross-cutting issues with leprosy.

Eligibility criteria:

  • The main topic of the study must fall within one of the agreed priority areas.
    This budget round preference will be given to research applications addressing the following topics:
    i) cost-efficient case finding strategies
    ii) development and validation of lab or field-based assays for leprosy diagnosis.
    Proposals can address these two research topics in combination or individually.
  • Research results must be directly applicable to leprosy services or to the well-being of persons affected by leprosy.
  • Preference will be given to proposals from or in close collaboration with institutions or organisations in endemic countries.
  • Project duration must not exceed four years (48 months).
  • There is no budget ceiling for the current call. By way of guidance: projects LRI has funded in the past years had an average
    annual budget of €30,000 (ranging from €10,000 to €75,000) – although in exceptional cases higher annual budgets have been
    accepted (with a maximum of four years).

Researchers interested to apply for funding by the LRI are invited to complete and submit a Letter of Intent (LoI), giving an outline of the intended research.
The LoIs should be submitted using the LRI Grant Application portal – which can be accessed via https://leprosyresearch.flexigrant.com/.

LoIs should be submitted by January 28th, 2022 at 23:59 (Amsterdam date and time) after which the application portal will be closed.
We strongly advise you to take sufficient time to enter all the required data in the system. Only applications in English will be considered.

LoIs will be screened by the LRI Steering Committee (SC). Applicants will be informed about the outcome of the LoI on March 14th 2022.
If the feedback by the SC is positive, the applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal before the next deadline (May 2nd, 2022).

*please note the change in submission dates as compared to previous years

Call for external reviewers:

Are you interested to support the LRI team and contribute to the independent review process of our grant cycle?  We are looking for independent external reviewers with expertise in (one of) the areas supported by LRI, who understand the importance of high quality review. External reviewers are usually approached in May with a request to review and the reviews need to be submitted by early July. External reviewers are not paid for their contribution. For more information or to sign up please send us an e-mail at info@leprosyresearch.org. If you want to sign up, please include your contact information, field of expertise, and short resume.