The Research, Technology, and Utilization Division (RTU) of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) provides technical leadership in building scientific and empirical knowledge and ensures its use in the design and implementation of effective, efficient, high-quality family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs. The objectives of RTU’s research program in Family Planning and Reproductive Health are to provide new and/or improved technologies; improve the quality, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of family planning and related reproductive health services; strengthen developing country institutional capabilities to use research to diagnose and solve service delivery problems; and enhance the dissemination and utilization of research results.
To achieve these broad objectives, the RTU Division is organized into two teams: Biomedical Research and Development and Implementation Science.
The Division’s Biomedical Research & Development Team manages a complex portfolio focused on three key areas:
The Biomedical Research & Development portfolio includes applied research, pre-clinical studies, clinical trials, pre-introductory studies and post-marketing surveillance carried out by a range of Cooperating Agency partners.
The RTU Division maintains close working relationships with other United States Government Agencies involved in research & development (e.g., the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health), United Nation Agencies (e.g., the World Health Organization) and private sector (e.g., the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and pharmaceutical industry partners).
The Biomedical Research Advisor serves as a USAID resource to provide technical leadership for up-to-date and authoritative information on reproductive biology and contraceptive technology as they relate to the R&D, introduction, provision and use of new and refined contraceptive technologies, of MPTs for prevention of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, and establishing goals and objectives for USAID- supported research in these areas. As a member of the RTU Division, the Advisor works collaboratively with colleagues in other technical offices in the GH bureau.