The following provides definition to the terms we used in our system in transcribing project information.

Project title: The effective title as listed in official grant or contract document; or if unavailable, an alternative concise working title capturing the context and approach to the project.

Objectives: The general aim of the project or more targeted purpose(s) it seeks to achieve, described in a non-complex and specific manner and stated in advance as opposed to after research completion, and may have particular endpoints (if in a trial). Statements on secondary objectives may also be included describing other associated outcomes.

Rationale and abstract: Reasoning or motivation for conducting the study in light of the current state of knowledge around the project’s thematic area, followed by a brief summary of the project’s background, general description, additional elements of the project’s protocol (i.e. proposed methods, time-frame, expected outcomes, etc.) and additional introductory information.  

Study design: Investigative methods and strategies employed in conducting the project. This includes the type of study and the methodology, technologies and/or techniques used to reach the conclusions.

Start date: The project investment or grant start date as documented in the official agreement. Or if this is of an umbrella / core funding nature, the planned or, as it becomes available, actual starting point in the time-frame of the sub-activity or project.

End date: The project investment or grant end date as documented in the official agreement. Or if this is of an umbrella / core funding nature, the planned or, as it becomes available, actual ending point in the time-frame of the sub-activity or project.

Project site: Geographical region and/or specific country(ies) where the on-the-ground project implementation takes place. Or if it were unable to define a project site of this definition (i.e. laboratory and manufacturing projects, networks or sectoral-focused initiatives, training, etc.), the location of the institution or organization that hosts the grant will be listed. For reference, please see our categorization of project sites here: MESA Track Regional Map.

External referenceExternal information to MESA that offers further details on the context / background of the project. Examples of this could be a description of the project in the involved institutions’ websites or any public or media coverage reporting on the project.

Themes: Topical area(s) of study of the research project. Refer to the Thematic Scheme for an overview of the categorization.

Principal institution: Institution or organization listed as the official leading entity of the research/development grant or award scheme agreement, and/or the institution that hosts the principal investigator listed as the official holder of the project.

Principal investigator: The individual listed as the official holder of the research/development grant or award scheme.

Partners: Institutions and / or other organizations and agencies listed as official supporting entities of the research / development grant or award scheme, and / or the institutions duly recognized as supporting partners that make direct contribution to one or more work components of the project.

Total funding amount: Total amount granted for the project in US Dollars, regardless of whether all individual funding sources are known.

Funding information: Details of the context of the overall funding support, such as grant identification code, award or grant scheme, etc.  

Funding source: Entity which is dedicating direct monetary resource for this project, or that which subcontracts another institution or organization for services to conduct components or entirety of the project, with agreement in financial compensation.

Subprojects: Any subcomponent specifically formulated from the original concept or any individual project or terms of work operationally and / or financially supported by this project, that which this project-in-question envelopes within its larger scope, or that was created under its umbrella or core grant(s).

Project Outputs: External information that references specifically to outputs (findings, conclusions, decisions, etc.) produced from the project. These can be published journal entries, presentation materials from conferences, or any related intermediate and end-term reporting of the project.

Related Projects: Other projects could be specified here to illustrate a continuation or thematic relationship to this current project-in-entry. These are mostly either a previous phase of this project structurally separated in terms of grant or contract agreement, or that of other parallel activities within the project unit or across your institution under a larger strategy. Related projects differ from Subprojects in that while subprojects are covered within the same project agreement, while related projects are likely to have their individually defined term.

Related Resources: Resources are intellectual material highlighted and disseminated under the Resource Hub section of our website, offering knowledge products including conference presentations and other multimedia pieces, policy papers, guidelines and other material contributing to the knowledge body of malaria research and scientific applications.