We are currently undertaking a study to inform the development of a core 'Research Skills Training Curriculum'. This aims to agree an *essential* set of courses that would constitute the minimum set of skills, knowledge and key principles that would enable those with limited or no previous experience to undertake high-quality health research.

We designed a four stage approach to establishing this evidence-led curriculum, as illustrated in further detail in the infographic below.

Stage 1:  A series of 'Gap Analyses' to identify the key perceived gaps in health and laboratory research capacity across a wide range of low and middle income country settings.

Stage 2: A 2-round Delphi panel to seek consensus on the framework for this core skills curriculum. Round 1 (data collection and analysis) to be undertaken and completed.

Stage 3: Round 2 of the Delphi panel (data collection and analysis) to be undertaken and completed.

Stage 4: The final stage in the process seeks to ratify the curriculum through a WHO-led workshop.



This important piece of methodology research is conducted in association with two international research networks - REDe and ALERRT, and the three EU-funded Zika Consortia.