You can browse the online toolkit using the buttons below. Follow it from beginning to end or download the PDF guide to read offline.


This toolkit was developed by the Sustainable Science Institute, by professors Maria Elena Penaranda (MSc PhD, Scientific Director of Sustainable Sciences Institute, San Francisco, California), Lucelly López López (Health Information Systems Manager, Specialist in Statistics. PhD in Technology and Innovation Management, Professor at Pontificia Bolivariana University, Colombia), María Patricia Arbelaez-Montoya (MD, MPH, PhDEmeritus Professor Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín – Colombia) and Steffani Herring-Hall and Mercedes Rumi from The Global Health Network.

Date of publication



Step-by-step guidance for researchers and health care professionals who are seeking funding for their health research projects. The toolkit covers the key components of a successful funding proposal, including defining the research question, conducting a literature review, outlining the research design and methodology, estimating the budget, and developing a compelling project narrative.



The toolkit is based on curriculum developed over the course of 25 years by the experts at the Sustainable Science Institute, which has a rich history of promoting scientific research and public health capacity in areas of the world with pressing health problems. With its strong foundation in the teachings of the Sustainable Science Institute, the toolkit is a trusted and reliable source of information and guidance for anyone seeking to make a positive impact on the world.

  • Bonita, R., Beaglehole,R. and  Kjellstrom, T. (2006). Basic Epidemiology. 2nd edition. World Health Organization.
  • Consejo de Organizaciones Internacionales de las Ciencias Médicas (CIOMS) -WHO. Pautas éticas internacionales para la investigación relacionada con la salud con seres humanos. CIOMS-WHO, Ginebra, 2016
  • Hernández-Sampieri, R., Mendoza-Torres, CP. Metodología de la Investigación: rutas cuantitativas, cualitativas y Mixtas. Mc Graw Hill Educación, México, 2018
  • Hulley, SB., Cummings, SR., Browner, WS., Grady, DG., Newman, TB. Diseño de Investigaciones Clínicas 4ª ed. Wolters Kluwer Health, S.A. Lippincott Williams, and Wilkins. Barcelona, España 2014.
  • International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals: writing and editing for biomedical publication, 2011. Accessed December 12, 2012.
  • Leech, Nancy L. Onwuegbuzie. A typology of mixed methods research designs. Qual Quant (2009) 43:265-275 DOI 10.1007/s 11135-007-9105-3
  • Montgomery DC. Design and Analysis of Experiments. John Wiley & Sons; 2017. 752 p.
  • Onwuegbuzie AJ, Collins KM. A typology of mixed methods sampling designs in social science research. Qualitative report. 2007;12(2):281-316.
  • Varkevisser, CM. Pathmanathan, I. Brownlee, A. Designing and conducting Health Systems Research projects. Volume I: Proposal development and fieldwork; Volume II: Data analysis and report writing. KIT Publishers and The International Development Research Centre (IDRC), in association with the Africa Regional Office (AFRO) of the World Health Organization. WHO-IDRC, 2003.
  • Varkevisser CM. Designing and Conducting Health System Research Projects. IDRC; 2003. 218 p.
  • Varkevisser CM, Pathmanathan I, Brownlee AT. Designing and Conducting Health Systems Research Projects. IDRC; 2003. 370 p.
  • World Health Organization. Standards and Operational Guidance for Ethics Review of Health-Related Research with Human Participants. World Health Organization 2011.
  • World Medical Association. World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki: ethical principles for medical research involving human subjects. JAMA. 2013;310(20):2191-2194. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.281053