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Collaborative Projects

How projects initiated under this scheme work 

Projects initiated under this scheme will be considered formal research collaborations between GRI and the external researcher.

The external researcher and GRI will agree on a time frame, scope of work, and budget for the project. An agreement will be signed between GRI and the external researcher spelling out these details. 

Technical services and laboratory work may be performed in either of the following ways subject to mutual agreement:

  1. By the external researcher and GRI staff.

  2. By the external researcher and a research assistant appointed by the external researcher.

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Budgeting and authorship

Budgeting for this type of project will take the following into consideration:

  • Chemicals and consumables

  • Technical Personnel fees (if done by GRI staff)

  • Equipment fees

  • Bench fees

  • Overhead charges

GRI scientists will be co-authors of any publications or presentations that are generated by the project. 

A list of collaborative projects funded by external sources is given below.


  1. Risk factors for dengue hemorrhagic fever in Sri Lanka. 
    FIRCA Grant, National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA. 


  2. Pediatric dengue surveillance in Colombo.  
    Pediatric Dengue Vaccine Initiative (PDVI), South Korea. Funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


  3. Genetic identification of vertebrate species in Sri Lanka using DNA barcoding.  
    Funded by an ADB project through the Open University of Sri Lanka.


  4. Cross reactivity and prophylactic activity of HLA restricted Dengue 2 and Dengue 3 T cell responses. 
    Funded via a contract grant (National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA) awarded to the La Jolla Institute of Allergy and Immunology. 


  5. The Dengue Population Genetics Program: The project aimed to assess genetic variants associated with dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF).
    Funded via a contract grant (NIH/NIAID) awarded to McMaster University, Canada. 


  6. National Dengue Surveillance Project: The project aimed to perform surveillance for dengue in Sri Lanka.
    Funded by the European Union/ Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka.


  7. Sequencing of current circulating dengue viruses in Sri Lanka and correlating them with the specific dengue epitopes with T cell responses from dengue patients.
    Funded by the National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka.


  8. Studies on Melioidosis patients and the infecting Burkholderiapseudomallei strains in Sri Lanka.
    Funded by the US Army Medical Research & Material Command (USAMRMC).


  9. The identification of HLA class I and class II T cell epitopes from dengue virus.
    Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA.

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