What is it?

The TDR Global Competency Framework for Clinical Research is a flexible framework which lists all the competencies that should be demonstrated by a research team to carry out a successful clinical study. The framework can be applied to any clinical research study, regardless of the size of the team, place, disease focus and type of research. Together with its supporting tools, the framework can be used to plan staffing requirements for a study, to carry out appraisals of staff, to guide career development, and to create educational curricula for research staff. 

The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) and researchers from The Global Health Network led the development of this framework, to bridge the lack of information about clinical research roles, especially for those working in low and middle income countries (LMICs). It has been developed alongside experts and collaborators from around the world.

You can learn more about how and why the framework was created by reading the article here.


What are the parts of the framework, and how does it work?

The framework consists of several complementary parts, including the Competency Wheel (overview), Dictionary (explanation), and Grading System (flexible tool for assessment of competency level). You can use the interactive online version or download individual parts by clicking on the icons below; or you can download the full set of resources at once, including instructions for use here.



If you use the framework, please make sure that you fill in the feedback form so that we know how to improve it for future users! It only takes a few minutes. You can access the online version of the form here.


What can I do?

You can use the framework in its current form for whatever you like: staff appraisals, assisting in your own career development, for planning the team you need for a new trial, for creating a new training programme - anything you like. You can find all the tools you need on this area of Global Health Trials, please just make sure to reference us! You will find a full explanation of how to use the different parts of the framework in the User Guide available here, or by clicking on the Download the How-To User Guide button above). 

The framework is still being developed, and therefore we need your feedback to help us to improve it. Please ensure that you fill in the form at the end of the document 'Using and Piloting the Framework', and return it to us; or that you complete the online questionnaire here. Any feedback is welcome, good or bad!