Date: 5 June 2020By

A New Partnership

WAITRO and the Research Fairness Initiative signed a cooperation agreement to strengthen and facilitate equal and fair research partnerships across the globe. The Research Fairness Initiative (RFI) is a COHRED service to improve the fairness, efficiency and impact of research collaborations.

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The Research Fairness Initiative (RFI) is a COHRED service to improve the fairness, efficiency and impact of research collaborations. The RFI was created with the aim of improving global health, equity and development. However, with minor modifications, the RFI is also completely appropriate to be used in any other field of science collaboration. The fairness of research is also a strategic advantage in research organizations, institutions and businesses: greater fairness results in greater efficiency, longer-lasting partnerships, less conflict, improved uptake and greater impact. The RFI is, therefore, of relevance to all key stakeholders in any research collaboration anywhere and of any duration – even though we started with the aim of increasing the research and innovation capacity of low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in particular.

The RFI is in direct support of the Sustainable Development Goals – particularly SDG 17 on Partnerships. The RFI institutional reporting tool is designed to tackle all kinds of research partnership challenges, especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Now, organizations & academic institutions can take key aspects of collaboration into consideration while promoting national & international partnerships in priority areas of scientific research and technological development for better research process efficiency, innovation and competitiveness. One of the RFIs most recent users is the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), whose report was certified, showing their commitment towards fair and equitable research partnerships through successful completion of the RFI Report as per the RFI reporting guide.

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Get your institution certified by the RFI and contribute towards UN’s SDG 17- Partnership for better health, equity, socio-economic and sustainable development. For more info, send your queries to or visit their website.

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The World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations (WAITRO) is a global membership-based association of research organizations, universities, and innovation stakeholders. WAITRO provides mechanisms and support for its members and partners to connect, share, inspire, and collaborate to solve global challenges and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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