Research on the focal themes of health and nutrition at IHD draws on the unique network of leading researchers, institutions, policy-makers and development professionals IHD has forged over the years.

IHD, led by the PHN-RP has recently entered into research collaboration with the Department of Health Economics and Management, Lund University (Sweden) and has been successful in securing research initiation support under the Research Initiation Grant Scheme from the prestigious Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) . This collaboration will initiate a Lund University-IHD Research Centre on Health Economics and Policy Analysis (LIRC-HEPA) by mid-2013. The centre would provide a unique platform of exchange and interning of scholars across institutes, joint projects, co-supervision of doctoral theses and joint symposiums/workshops.

Some of the institutes with which PHN-RP researchers are engaged in short-term as well as longer collaborations include: the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR) and the Institute for Development Studies-Kolkata (IDSK), Johns Hopkins University, USA, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) , and the Institute of Research for Development (IRD).

Acknowledging the key role of communication in reaching out with research findings to a larger and diverse audience, a well-planned dissemination strategy lies at the core of IHD research. Building on successful organization of high-profile policy events such as international policy consultations and the Global Bihar Summit, several activities will form the research communication efforts. Regular seminar series – both in-house and involving renowned scholars – and symposiums, parallel sessions in important conferences, workshops will be organized on thematic topics. Research and Policy Briefs, and sectoral status papers are and will be regularly published.

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