The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR), the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (MCA), the Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP), the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH), have announce a Call for Proposals for Implementation Research. The deadline for proposals is 15 September 2012. The purpose of this Call is to support implementation research that contributes to the scale-up of effective health interventions related to MDGs 4, 5 and 6 in one of the three priority areas described in the following section. For more details visit

2nd Global Symposium on Health System Research comes up in Beijing, China- 31 OCTOBER- 3 NOVEMBER 2012. It brings researchers, policy-makers, funders, implementers, civil society, media representatives and other stakeholders will gather in Beijing, China to share new evidence, identify opportunities and gaps, build understanding across disciplinary boundaries, and discuss the way forward to support HSR and the use of evidence in decision-making in low- and middle-income countries. For more details visit

The 2nd Congress of Maternal and Infant Health comes up in Shangai, China – October 25th – 28th, 2012.  The GMIH Congress will provide a unique platform for world leaders and participants to conduct a vibrant discussion aimed at reaching consensus in the various fields of perinatology.  For more details visit

Global Maternal Health Conference; 2013 comes up in January 2013 in Arusha, Tanzania. It is a technical conference for scientists, researchers, and policy-makers to network, share knowledge, and build on progress toward eradicating preventable maternal mortality and morbidity by improving quality of care.The conference is co-sponsored by Management and Development for Health, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and the Maternal Health Task Force at the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA. For more details visit

Any research producing practically-usable knowledge (evidence, findings, information, etc) which can improve program implementation (e.g., effectiveness, efficiency, quality, access, scale-up, sustainability) regardless of the type of research (design, methodology, approach) falls within the boundaries of Operations Research – For more details visit

First lens: Broadening opportunities for young people to develop skills and use them productively. Second lens: Helping them acquire the capabilities to make good decisions in pursuing those   opportunities Third lens: Offering them second chances to recover from bad decisions, either by them or by others. For more details visit

In light of the upcoming conference in 2013, Women Deliver and The Lancet have issued a call for submissions from research groups working on reproductive, maternal, and newborn health globally. Submissions should address the themes of the upcoming conference: investment in women, meeting women’s need for contraception, and the new architecture for the development goals and the effect on reproductive health. For more details visit