Alliance for Health Policy & Systems Research ESSAY COMPETITION Competitions 
Status: CLOSED

Alliance for Health Policy & Systems Research ESSAY COMPETITION

Deadline: January 31, 2017

Health policy and systems research (HPSR) is an emerging field that seeks to understand and improve how societies organize themselves in achieving collective health goals, and how different actors interact in the policy and implementation processes to contribute to policy outcomes. By nature, it is inter-disciplinary, a blend of economics, sociology, anthropology, political science, public health and epidemiology that together draw a comprehensive picture of how health systems respond and adapt to health policies, and how health policies can shape − and be shaped by − health systems and the broader determinants of health.

The Alliance for Health Policy & Systems Research is pleased to announce its first ever essay competition on the future of health policy and systems research. The winning paper will be published as a background paper for a high level conference on “Health Policy and Systems Research: 20 years on” that will take place in Stockholm Sweden, in April 2017.

In no more than 5000 words, essays – written in English, should:

  • reflect on the role and contributions of Health Policy and Systems Research in strengthening health systems and future challenges in the context of Agenda 2030;
  • identify strategies and innovative approaches to ensure the greater use of health policy and systems research by relevant actors and stakeholders; and
  • explore opportunities to further strengthen the position and role of the Alliance for Health Policy & Systems Research in advancing the field.



  • A cash prize of USD $7,500 will be awarded to the authors of the winning paper. Prizes of USD $2,500 and USD $1,000 will be awarded to the authors of the 2nd and 3rd place papers.



Teams of 3-5 persons from different disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to contribute to this essay. In order to be eligible, teams must be made up of:

  • At least two different disciplinary backgrounds
  •  A mix of genders
  • The lead author must not be more than 35 years of age at the date of submission and must be a national (citizen) of a low- or middle-income country.
  • Teams led by women are strongly encouraged to apply


Submissions will be reviewed by a panel comprising independent researchers, decision-makers, as well as members of the Alliance HPSR Board, Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) and Secretariat. Essays will be judged based on:

  • Quality and coherence of argument made,
  •  Novelty of approach proposed,
  •  Clarity in depicting the role of health policy and systems research,
  •  Evidence used to support proposals, positions, and perspectives presented in paper.



All submissions must be sent to the [email protected] by the deadline of January 31, 2017.


For more details, please visit Alliance for Health Policy & Systems Research



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