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RESEARCH GRANTS IN TOBACCO CONTROL

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Bangladesh Tobacco Control Policy Research Grant Program 2019
 
I. Background: 
 
Bangladesh bears a high burden of tobacco-caused illnesses and it is also a tobacco producing country. Historically, tobacco control policy research has not been a popular topic within the academic community in Bangladesh. Data is needed to develop and strengthen tobacco control policy interventions in Bangladesh. The overall objective of the research grant program is to increase research capacity and to generate local evidence to support effective tobacco control policy measures in the country, and thus prevent death and disease from tobacco use.  
 
The Bangladesh Tobacco Control Research Network (BTCRN) in collaboration with the Bangladesh Center for Communication Programs (BCCP) and the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA is putting emphasis on increasing research capacity and generating local evidence for effective tobacco control policies.  The Research Grant Program is the first of its kind in Bangladesh and was initiated in 2013 with 10 research grants; to date, 79 grants have been awarded though six grant cycles.  Postgraduate students and experienced researchers aspiring to contribute to tobacco control policy research in Bangladesh are eligible to apply for a research grant. 
 
II. Focus Research Areas for 2019 program: 
 
Proposals on the research topics below are requested for the 2019 Tobacco Control Policy Research Grant Program.  
 
1. Monitor tobacco use and prevention policies:
• FCTC Article 5.3 (https://www.who.int/fctc/en/)
• Barriers in implementation of tobacco control law
• Regulate sale of tobacco products  
 
2. Protect people from tobacco smoke: 
• Compliance with and strengthening the Tobacco Control Law related to public places/ public transportation
 
3. Warn about the dangers of tobacco: 
• Graphic Health Warnings (GHW)
- Effectiveness of current GHW 
- Tobacco plain packaging (smoking and smokeless) 
 
4. Enforce ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship:
 
• Tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship (TAPS), including through electronic/social media
- Point of Sale
- Compliance with the Tobacco Control Law’s TAPS requirements
- Industry interference related to TAPS ban 
- Barriers to implementing TAPS ban 
 
5. Raise taxes on tobacco: 
 
• Tobacco tax policy in Bangladesh
• Tax on smokeless tobacco products 
• Tobacco taxation and smoking behavior
• Tax and price measures, including illicit trade policy in relation to taxation 
 
III. Timeline for proposal submission: 
 
No later than 4.30 p.m. on February 14, 2019 (Bangladesh Time)
 
IV. Instructions for proposal development: 
 
The research topic must be within the above-mentioned themes/areas. Proposals on generating local evidence that would contribute to developing a new policy or strengthen an existing one in line with the components of World Health Organization’s MPOWER package (http://www.who.int/tobacco/mpower/en/) are recommended. 
 
Proposals on quitting tobacco use, studies on sub-populations, and evaluation of in-country tobacco control programs are currently considered to be non-priority issues. 
 
Interested applicants are requested to submit their proposals following the guidelines available at http://bit.ly/BTCRG19 In the case of student applicants, proof of current university enrollment must also be submitted. Three hard copies and a soft copy of the proposal in a CD should be submitted to the following address. Please mark the category “Student” or “Researcher” on top of the envelope.
 
In the cover letter of the proposal, the applicant is requested to include a declaration as provided below: 
 
“As a Principal Investigator of the research proposal, I declare that neither I nor any staff members proposed in the proposal is a recipient of financial support from any tobacco product manufacturer or the parent, subsidiary or affiliate of a tobacco product manufacturer including PMI IMPACT and Foundation for a Smoke-free World”.
 
For queries and clarifications, please contact us through email at btcrg@bangldesh-ccp.org by January 31, 2019. 
 
BCCP Tobacco Control Research Grant Program
House # 08, Road # 03, Block- A
Section -11, Mirpur, Dhaka-1216, Bangladesh
Email: btcrg@bangladesh-ccp.org
 
V. Eligibility of the applicants 
 
Student Category: 
 
The student should be enrolled in a postgraduate program in Bangladesh.
Applicant should be available in the country throughout the research period. 
 
Researcher Category: 
Researchers having a Masters, M.Phil, or Ph.D. degree and affiliated with any university, institution or organization in Bangladesh. The applicant must submit a No Objection Letter from the applicant’s respective organization to carry out the research once it is selected.  
Researchers must be available in the country throughout the research period. 
Applicants must have at least 3 years of research experience and have demonstrated their ability to conduct a research study independently:
- Applicants must have at least one research publication as a first author. Evidence to prove research publication must be submitted with the application.  
- A list of research studies mentioning the roles of the applicants must be submitted on a separate page. 
 
VI. Selection Process 
Proposals will be short-listed according to the priorities listed above and based on the quality and rigor of the application.
Short listed proposals will be reviewed by a panel of researchers and program/policy advisors to identify applicants who will be invited to make presentations in front of a review panel.
Based on their merit, proposals will be selected for funding.
Each selected proposal will receive a grant for a nine-month research project. The grant value for the Student category is US$ 5000 and for the Researcher category is US$ 10,000.  
The program will commence in…………………………………  
Each applicant is eligible to submit one proposal.
 
VII. Document to be submitted   
Three (3) hard copies of the proposal with a soft copy on a CD and the following documents must be submitted: 
Student applicant must be enrolled as a student at any recognized university or educational institution in Bangladesh. A proof of enrollment must be submitted with the proposal.  
The applicant should submit a consent letter from his/her Supervisor/Mentor confirming the following:   
- The Supervisor/Mentor will oversee all components of the research activity 
- Be available to attend research project related meeting(s) as and when required 
- Ensure the quality of the research including research report
- Mention that s/he is providing a consent letter for not more than one applicant for the 2019 Research Grant Program. 
 
VIII. Content of the proposal 
 
1. Cover page (Title of the study, name of the applicant, organization and contact details) 
2. Proposal abstract (maximum 300 words) 
3. Coverage of geographical/study area in details
4. Background and problem statement: provide a clear and simple description of research problem/gap (maximum 700 words)
5. Rationale/justification of the research (maximum 300 words)
6. Research question/hypotheses (if any) and objectives (overall and specific objectives) of the research (maximum 200 words)
7. Methodology including study design, study type, study population, sampling design, data collection method and instrument, and concrete analysis plan (maximum 1000 words)
8. Implications of the proposed research for tobacco control policy in Bangladesh (maximum 500 words)
9. Proposed personnel plan (maximum 500 words)
10. Work plan
11. Budget 
 
Suggested Budget Preparation Guideline:  
 
a) Personnel Cost (Salary for proposed staff members including Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator, Data Analyst, Data Entry Operator, etc.) - maximum 40% of total cost
b) Field Activity Cost (Allowance for Data Collectors, cost for Enumerators’ training, local data collection costs, etc.) - maximum 30% of total cost
c) Travel and Transportation Cost (Inter district travel costs by Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator, and other travel costs not related to data collection) - maximum 10% of total cost
d) Professional Service (Honorarium for Supervisor/Mentor and fees for Ethical Clearance) - maximum 10% of total cost 
e) General Operating Cost (any other costs related to the research work) - maximum 10% of total cost.
 
12. Signed updated short CVs of key personnel (Applicant, Supervisor/Mentor, Co-investigator) involved in the research (not more than 5 pages each) 
 
IX. Proposal review process
The research proposal will be assessed based on the following criteria: 
a. Relevance to the priorities of the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use. 
b. Uniqueness of the study’s contribution to the evidence base that supports the resolution of current tobacco control priority issues in Bangladesh. 
c. Quality and feasibility
d. Suitability of approach, design, methods and/or analysis
e. Policy implications and scope for further research
 
BCCP will not compensate applicants for preparation of proposals against this grant announcement. This announcement does not make any commitment to award a grant to anyone. BCCP reserves the right to accept or reject any proposal without giving  any explanation . Research work may be terminated at any time if research quality and the timeline of research are not maintained. 
 
X. Reading documents: 
1. Global Adult Tobacco Survey- Bangladesh 2017
2. WHO report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, Bangladesh, 2017 (http://www.who.int/tobacco/surveillance/policy/country_profile/bgd.pdf?ua=1) 
3. Smoking and Using of Tobacco Products (Control) Act 2005
4. Amendment of Smoking and Tobacco Products Usage (Control) Act, 2005
5. World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (https://www.who.int/fctc/en/)
6. World Health Organization’s MPOWER package (http://www.who.int/tobacco/mpower/en/)
7. Global Tobacco Control: Learning from the Experts (http://globaltobaccocontrol.org/online_training) 
8. Learning from the Experts: A Course for Healthcare Professionals (http://hp.globaltobaccocontrol.org/online_training) 
9. Bangladesh Tobacco Control Research Network website: www.btcrn.org
 
XI. List of the Research Studies Conducted in the Last 6 Rounds
01 Pattern and Awareness about Smokeless Tobacco in a Rural Area
02 Trade-off between the Informal Economy of Tobacco and Tobacco Control Policy in Bangladesh
03 Form and Effect of Indirect Advertisement and Promotion Activities of Tobacco Products in Khulna
04 Tobacco use among Rickshaw Pullers of Dhaka City: Behavior, Awareness and Prevention
05 Tobacco Smoking among the Adult Student: A KAP Study in Dhaka City
06 Secondhand Tobacco Smoke and Respiratory Problems among the Infants of Smoker and Non-smoker Parents
07 Study on Health Hazards among the Tobacco Curing Workers of Bangladesh
08 The Practice and Consequences of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by Tobacco Companies in Bangladesh
09 Effect of Raising Taxes on Tobacco Consumption
10 Prevalence of Smoking among Physicians of Bangladesh
11 Smoking Behavior among Undergraduate Students Living at Hostel and their Homes in Dhaka City
12 Relationship between Oral Diseases and Tobacco Chewing among Slum Dwellers in Dhaka City
13 E- Cigarette: A Study of Knowledge, Attitude and Practice among Private University Students in Dhaka City
14 Knowledge, Attitude and Practices of Youths towards the Use and Control of Tobacco: A Survey among University Students  
15 Perception of Smoking-Related Risks and Benefits among Selected Urban and Rural Adolescent Students
16 Realizing the Ways to Keep Teenagers Smoke-Free
17 Prevalence and Awareness of Secondhand and Third-Hand Smoke Exposure among Medical and Dental Students
18 Expenditure and Knowledge about Tobacco use among the Rickshaw Pullers in Dhaka City 
19 Changing Marketing Paradigm of Tobacco Industry in the Regulated Environment in Bangladesh: Lessons and Challenges for Tobacco Control Policy Advocates
20 Tobacco Consumption through Flavored Shisha among University Students in Dhaka City of Bangladesh
21 Use of Smokeless Tobacco by Low Socio-Economic Populations and Risk Factors Associated with It
22 Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) of Tobacco Users among Garment Workers in Dhaka City in Bangladesh
23 Magnitude of Cross Border Tobacco Trade and its Implications on the National Tobacco Control Program of Bangladesh
24 Disability and Economic Burden of Tobacco Related Illness: Experience from Rural Bangladesh
25 Smoking among Medical Interns and Their Perceptions towards Training about Tobacco Smoking in the Medical Curriculum
26 Dynamics of Smoking Behavior among Urban Adolescents and Young Adults of Bangladesh: Peer Effect and Family Influences 
27 Prevalence of Tobacco Sales and Advertisement within 100 Yards of Schools in Dhaka, Bangladesh
28 Perception about Health Effects of Passive Smoking among Young Adults in Dhaka
29 Tobacco Growers and Incentives from Tobacco Companies in Selected Districts of Bangladesh
30 The Tobacco Consumption Practice of Female Day Laborer at Brick Kilns in Dhaka
31 Heavy Metal (Cr, Cd and Pb) Contents in Chewing and Other Categories of Tobaccos used in Bangladesh and their Effect on Health
32 Second-hand Smoke (SHS) in Public Place: Awareness, Attitudes and Exposure among University Students
33 Smokeless Tobacco Consumption and Diabetic Foot Ulcer
34 Factors Associated with Female Smoking at Selected Areas in Dhaka City
35 Prevalence of Social Feedback against Smoking Incidences and their Immediate Impact on Smoking Behavior
36 Smokeless Tobacco Use Among Floating Youths and Young Adults in Dhaka City
37 The Prevalence of Tobacco Consumption and Associated Risk Factors among University Students in Sylhet District: A Cross-Sectional Study
38 Effectiveness of Tobacco Warning Labels on Cigarette Packages to Reduce Smoking: A Survey Study in Dhaka City
39 Pattern of Second-hand Smoke (SHS) at Home and Determinants of Exposure to SHS among Children Aged ≤18 Years: A Cross-Sectional Study 
40 Emotional, Behavioral Problems and Cigarette Smoking Behavior: A survey among Bangladeshi Adolescent
41 Why Farmers are Turning into Tobacco Growers in Bangladesh?
42 Effects of Maternal Smokeless Tobacco Use on Gestational Age, and Birth Weight: A Case Control Study in Rural Dhaka, Bangladesh
43 Level of Compliance of Tobacco Control Act 2005 in Terms of ‘Anti- tobacco’ Signage Display at Public Place in Bangladesh
44 Practice of Tobacco Control Law in Major Public Places: A Survey in Dhaka City
45 Patterns of E-cigarette Use and User Knowledge about the Safety and Benefits of E-cigarette Smoking
46 Awareness of Smoking Related Health Risks and Knowledge and Attitude Regarding National Tobacco Control Law among Bangladesh Police
47 Smoking among the Employees and Barriers to Smoke free Hospital Initiative in a Public Medical College Hospital, Bangladesh
48 Warning People about Dangers of Tobacco Use: The Role of Mass Media.
49 A Study on Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Tobacco Consumption among Adults attending OPD of Public Hospitals with a View to Develop an Information Booklet
50 Child Labor in Bidi Factories: Current Situation and Way Forward
51 Socio-Economic Impact of Tobacco Cultivation in Bangladesh: A Study in Kushtia District
52 Prevailing social obstacles in keeping tobacco free homes in urban areas: Realizing ways to overcome
53 Insight of Plain Packaging among the Adults General Population in Dhaka City
54 Status of Graphic Health Warning on Tobacco Packs: A Study among Low Socio-economic Group in Bangladesh
55 Relationship between Selling Tobacco Products by Children and their Attitude and Practice Regarding Tobacco Intake
56 Impact of Taxation on the Consumption of Cigarette: A Study on Smoking Behavior among the Undergraduate Students
57 Price Elasticity, Social Norms, Tobacco Control Policies and Smoking Behavior among Students in the South-west Region of Bangladesh
58 Mapping Land Use Land Cover Changes Due to Tobacco Cultivation in Bangladesh with its Public Health Impacts
59 Health and Environmental Impacts of Tobacco Farming in Selected Districts of Bangladesh
60 Marketing Strategy of E-cigarettes in Bangladesh
61 Cigarette Selling to and by the Minors in Bangladesh: Policy Gaps and Implementation Challenges
62 Influence of Social Media and Peer Group on Smoking among Selected Public & Private University Students in Urban Dhaka
63 Factors Influencing Tradition of Smokeless Tobacco Use in Rural Communities of Bangladesh 
64 Business of Loose Cigarettes and Losing of Tobacco Control: Current Situation in Urban Areas of Bangladesh
65 Smoking Behavior among TB Relapse Cases at Tertiary Level Hospitals in Dhaka City of Bangladesh
66 The Relationship between Tobacco Consumption Habits and Road Traffic Accidents: A Study among the Heavy Vehicle Drivers in Bangladesh
67 Implementing Tobacco Control Law in Bangladesh: Challenges and Way Forward
68 Effectiveness of anti-tobacco activities in public and private university’s students of Bangladesh
69 Exploring Institutional Mechanisms for Economically Sustainable Alternatives for Tobacco Farmers
70 Socioeconomic Inequalities in Secondhand Smoke Exposure at Home in the Context of Mother-child Pairs in Bangladesh
71 Impactful Advocacy Strategies for Tobacco Consumption Prevention in the Char Regions of Northern Bangladesh
72 Compliance Level of Tobacco Control Law in Public Transportation
73 Toxicants Release from Different Tobacco Products: Alarming for Environmental Pollution and Health Hazards in Bangladesh
74 Relationship between Income Elasticity and Tobacco Product Use in Bangladesh
75 Compliance with Tobacco Control Law in Uttara Model Town: A Way Forward to a Smoke-free City
76 Adoption of Tobacco Retail License in Bangladesh: Exploring Possible Outcomes and Implementation Challenges
77 Graphic Health Warnings on Cigarette Packs: Exploration of its Effectiveness in Deterring the Youth of Bangladesh
78 Health Hazards among Women Involved in Tobacco Curing in Selected Rural Areas of Bangladesh
79 Barriers to Implementing the Tobacco Control Law in Bangladesh