BIRAC is supporting new diagnostics for TB in collaboration with IKP/USAID. IKP has entered into an agreement with USAID and secured a grant to support ‘Innovations in tuberculosis (TB) control in India’ at a 1:1 leverage with funds raised by IKP from other sources. The first call for proposals from IKP focused on addressing the problem of treatment adherence in collaboration with BMGF.
The second call for proposals aimed at supporting new diagnostics for TB in collaboration with BIRAC. The duration of the program is for 3 years spread over two phases. Six proposals focusing on methods for sample collection and detection of the infection have been selected for funding in the first phase of the program i.e. in 2015-16. Three promising projects with demonstrated proof of concept (after one year) have been selected for second phase in 2016-17.