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Guidance on multiple applications to Global Health Research programmes


Published: 21 December 2020

Version: 1.0 - Dec 2020

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Although there are similarities in some of the core aims for the NIHR Global Health Research funding calls (high quality programmes of research, responsive to needs of low and middle income countries, embedded plans for capacity and capability strengthening), there are also fundamental differences. When considering which call to apply to, applicants need to take into account the specific remit of each funding call and decide which opportunity to apply for, according to their own aims and goals.

NIHR will not accept the same or substantially similar applications across multiple NIHR Global Health Research calls.

NIHR will accept applications from the same or similar teams across more than one NIHR Global Health Research call where the aims and research proposals are substantially different. If a team is submitting applications to more than one call, each application should be clearly distinct. Although proposals may be complementary, the successful delivery of one proposal must not depend on the other. Where multiple applications across calls are submitted, any applications proposing similar research themes and geographies will be carefully scrutinised to ensure there is no overlap.

Other points for applicants to note:

  • NIHR strongly encourages diversifying leadership models, but will accept applications where there is a strong rationale for the same leadership team, and where there is clarity the Joint Leads will have capacity to successfully run two large scale programmes of research concurrently. Contracts will be awarded and managed separately and independently of each other.
  • This guidance applies to existing NIHR award holders and new applicants.
  • NIHR reserves the right to reject an application if it is deemed too similar to another received in another NIHR Global Health Research call.
  • NIHR Global Research Professorship award holders are eligible to be part of applications to multiple calls, provided there is no duplication of requests for costs.