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NIHR GHR PTTA (Presentation and Training Travel Award): Training Opportunities



You can undertake a GHR PTTA visit anywhere across the NIHR as long as you get agreement with the host first. Applicants are encouraged to consider the list of NIHR GHR Units, Groups and RIGHT awards including the UK lead institution and partner institutions within these - the list below is by no means exhaustive.

Additionally, applicants may arrange to visit a part of the wider NIHR (e.g. NIHR Infrastructure or NIHR Schools) which do not constitute part of the NIHR GHR Programmes. This document details the types of activities training courses, masterclasses, workshops taking place within the NIHR GHR Programmes. You will still need to contact the host and arrange this yourself, but we hope this gives you some idea of what might be possible.

In light of the current situation and travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we would encourage prospective applicants to explore the possibility of presenting their research virtually, as well as the possibility of undertaking suitable available training online that meets the applicant’s individual training, personal and professional needs.

NIHR Global Health Research Units

NIHR GHR Unit on Neglected Tropical Diseases, Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Modules of MSc Global Health or Global Pharmacy (BSMS)
Modules of MSc Clinical Trials (CDT-Africa)


NIHR GHR Unit on Tackling Infections to Benefit Africa, The University of Edinburgh

Data management training - Annual course hosted by KWTRP
Policy Engagement training - Annual course hosted by University of Ghana


NIHR GHR Unit on Lung Health and Tuberculosis in Africa at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

LSTM offers short courses in a wide variety of subjects including child nutrition, disease control, HR Planning & management, Immunology, etc. We also offer diplomas in tropical medicine & health, humanitarian assistance, tropical nursing and MSc Programmes in international public health, topical paediatrics, global health, etc. There are many onlinecourses including malaria prevention, travel health and leadership in health systems management. LSTM also offers many seminars (free of charge) usually running on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

LSTM offers:

NIHR GHR Unit on Mucosal Pathogens (MPRU), University College London


NIHR GHR Unit on Health System Strengthening in Sub-Saharan Africa, King's College London


NIHR GHR Unit on Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease in South Asians, Imperial College London

We will send you a detailed file but in a nutshell we have elaborated under expertise section. Research Methodology,
Grant writing and Digital Health are new workshops we plan to introduce in addition to the existing courses.


NIHR GHR Unit Action on Salt China (ASC), Queen Mary University of London

  • Training on how to evaluate salt intake;
  • Training on conduct of research involving human participants;
  • Workshops to discuss different forms of community engagement.

NIHR GHR Unit on Global Surgery, University of Birmingham

NIHR GHR Unit on Improving Health in Slums at University of Warwick

Examples of training opportunities include:

  • International Health Policy
  • Global Health
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Mixed Methods for Health Research

We can also connect GHR NIHR Academy Members with our partners in LMICs as well as with geo-spatial mapping expertise at the University of Warwick.


NIHR GHR Unit on Health in Situations of Fragility at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh


NIHR GHR Unit on Global Diabetes Outcomes Research, University of Dundee

The University of Dundee provides programme of Generic a CPD courses and the medical school provides programmes of seminars and lectures on more specialised topics.

Our organization has various training courses (please visit for more details).
Dr.Mohan's International Diabetes Update 2020, 26th to 28th July 2020.


NIHR GHR Unit on Respiratory Health (RESPIRE) at The University of Edinburgh

Examples of courses (which visiting researchers can audit) include:

  • Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
  • Qualitative Research in Health
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Intro to Systematic Reviews
  • Research Design for Public and Global Health
  • Fieldwork Skills for Qualitative Social Research
  • Data Analysis in Qualitative Social Research and Systematic Reviews
  • Leadership and Management in Public Health and NCDs in a Global Context

You can also access
A number of courses are available to visiting researchers from the Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility Education Programme (
and the Institute for Academic Development (
RESPIRE also participates in monthly “Respiratory at Edinburgh” Seminars with networks across several other
Respiratory focused research groups/projects within the Usher Institute at UoE. RESPIRE will also offer 4 MOOCS, to be released soon!

NIHR GHR Unit on Genomic Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute


NIHR Global Health Research Groups

NIHR GHR Group on Improving Stroke Care, University of Central Lancashire

We have a wide range of opportunities available through our partnership and are also able to offer bespoke training depending on areas of interest and need. Within UCLan we have several stroke related courses available depending on existing level of knowledge. We have a range of courses on evidence synthesis, systematic reviewing and research methodologies through our HERMI (Health and Wellbeing Research Methods Implementation Hub). There are
opportunities to learn about study design, management, conduct and deliver through Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit.


NIHR GHR Group on Diet and Activity, MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge


NIHR GHR Group on Global Surgical Technologies, University of Leeds


NIHR GHR Group on POsT Conflict Trauma; PrOTeCT, Imperial College London


NIHR GHR Group on Nepal Injury Research, University of the West of England, Bristol


NIHR GHR Group on Stillbirth Prevention and Management in Sub-Saharan Africa, The University of Manchester

Our research group provides project specific and transferable and generic training and development activities in research methods, research governance, public and patient involvement and engagement in research, both in UK and in country. We have an established mentorship programme to support in country researchers. Annual group meetings and learning and sharing events provide a focus for educational and development activities including building south to south links. Activities are also delivered remotely via webinar. We have links with specialist clinical services through Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre partnerships with NHS providers. For a discussion of current opportunities please contact Dr Tracey Mills (


NIHR GHR Group on Dementia Prevention and Enhanced Care (DePEC), Newcastle University


NIHR GHR Group on Early Childhood Development for Peacebuilding, Queen's University of Belfast


NIHR GHR Group on prevention and management of non-communicable diseases and HIV-infection in Africa, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine


NIHR GHR Group on Global Health Econometrics and Economics (GHE2), University of York


NIHR GHR Group on Global COPD in Primary Care, University of Birmingham

  • Clinical trials
  • Occupational health
  • Grant writing
  • Scriptoria


NIHR GHR Group on developing psycho-social interventions for mental health care, Queen Mary University of London

We run a full graduate and researcher development programme within the university, including courses on systematic reviews, meta-analysis and data synthesis which are run by the training lead. Additionally, as a unit we have a regular training seminar about once per month covering all aspects of research.


NIHR GHR Group on Social Policy and Health Inequalities led by the University of Glasgow

Causal Inference in Epidemiology: Recent Methodological Developments, Statistical Analysis with Missing Data using Multiple Imputation and Inverse Probability Weighting


NIHR GHR Group on warfarin anticoagulation in patients with cardiovascular disease in Sub-Saharan Africa, University of Liverpool

We run regular courses on various aspects of biostatistics including:
- Introduction to logistic regression
- Introduction to longitudinal data analysis
- Introduction to Survival analysis
- Introduction to Meta-analysis
- Introduction to the validity and reliability of diagnostic tests
- Introduction to R
- Introduction to multivariate data analysis
- Statistical Analysis of Genetic Association Studies
We also run courses in PK-PD modelling.


NIHR GHR Group on Neurotrauma, University of Cambridge


NIHR GHR Group on Psychosis Outcomes: The Warwick-­India-Canada {WIC} Network, The University of Warwick

  • Diploma in Mental Health Care & Counseling
  • Workshops on providing dementia care
  • Qualitative research workshop
  • Mental health for media
  • International conference on Schizophrenia


NIHR GHR Group on Evidence to Policy pathway to Immunisation in China (NIHR EPIC), London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Members of EPIC help run an annual course on the Epidemiological evaluation of vaccines: efficacy, safety and policy. This usually takes place during the first 2 weeks of July and incurs a cost for students. In addition to this course LSHTM runs regular seminars on vaccine related issues via its Vaccine Centre and there are other courses available at LSHTM but these are mainly directed at students so we would need to check whether these could be made available to visiting
academics. In addition to this we can organise specific training and mentoring related to our field, including qualitative data analysis, use of software to support qualitative data analysis and similar courses related to some aspects of mathematical modelling. We believe that the mentoring approach related to specific project work is the most effective in terms of training and acquiring new skills.


NIHR GHR Group on Burn Trauma, Swansea University

Swansea University postgraduate training courses might be open to visitors, but that is not for the NIHR Group to decide.


NIHR GHR Group on African Snakebite Research, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine


NIHR GHR Group on Road Safety, University of Southampton


NIHR GHR group on preterm birth and stillbirth at the University of Edinburgh (the DIPLOMATIC collaboration) at the University of Edinburgh

Training opportunities at the University of Edinburgh:

Training opportunities at the University of Malawi:

  • Concise Good Clinical Practice
  • Clinical Trial Coordination
  • Refresher Good Clinical Practices
  • Leadership in health
  • Good Clinical Laboratory Practices
  • Basic Good Clinical Practices
  • Writing Winning Proposals
  • Introduction to Biostatistics
  • Post Graduate Qualitative Research Methods (Introduction)
  • Post Graduate Quantitative Research Methods (Introduction)
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Research Designs and Methodology
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Manuscript Writing
  • CEBA+ Evidence Based Public Health Workshop (Introduction)
  • Monitoring and Evaluation

NIHR GHR Group on Respiratory Rehabilitation – (Global RECHARGE) at The University of Leicester


NIHR GHR Group on PReterm bIrth prevention and manageMEnt (PRIME) at The University of Sheffield

Bespoke supervision, courses and masterclasses would be planned in advance and tailored to the individual’s training needs in laboratory, implementation or social sciences research. Please contact us before submitting the GHR PTTA application, as we will provide support and feedback for a competitive application.

Courses/ individual supervision / peer-learning sets:

  •  GHR Evidence synthesis using systematic reviews and scoping reviews
  • ‘Writing for dissemination’: abstract writing, research journal articles, lay summaries
  • Research Ethics: culturally congruent cross partnership ethical approval processes

Laboratory Science:

  • Metabolomics and molecular biology techniques to explore the mechanisms and diagnostics of infection-
    inflammation in PTB
  • Principles of Perinatal Pathology
  • Infection and inflammation associated aetio-pathological markers in placenta of PTB
  • Methods of custom analyses using scripting or programming, e.g. R/Bioconductor, Python, Perl API regarding the genomic, sequencing, metabolomics and clinical data.

Emergent technologies in assessment of risk of PTB:

  • Cervical Impedance Spectroscopy for PTB management.

Social Science:

  • Qualitative interviewing: with interpreters
  • Qualitative data analysis – for example using NVIVO; working with partner analysts for socio-cultural, critical
    interpretive challenge
  •  Ethnography and field work in GHR
  •  Global health and anthropology of development: how gender, socioeconomic status and ethnicity shape people's
    relationship with the state and their experience of public services.
  •  Culturally congruent research study recruitment strategies for marginalised populations in GHR for example
    adolescent women

Health Economics:
The health economics of PTB in LMIC_ evidence synthesis


For further information, please contact us on

NIHR GHR Group on estimating the prevalence, quality of life, economic and societal impact of arthritis in Tanzania: a mixed methods study at University of Glasgow

Multiple courses in Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment


NIHR GHR Group on improving asthma outcomes in African children at Queen Mary University of London


NIHR GHR Group on Sepsis at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Training is ongoing in point-of-care ultrasound (
Bespoke learning opportunities / collaborative work is welcomed.


NIHR GHR Group on a package of care for the mental health of survivors of violence in South Asia at University College London Institute of Child Health

Sangath: Leadership in Mental Health 2019 UCL and LSHTM: there are a number of short courses provided by the Institute for Global Health in UCL and LSHTM


NIHR GHR Group on Asthma Attacks Causes and Prevention Study in Urban Latin America at St George's, University of London


NIHR GHR Group on stroke at King's College London


NIHR GHR Group on Addressing Smokeless Tobacco and building Research capacity in south Asia (ASTRA) at the University of York

  • Early Career Researchers are ‘double badged’ to share training resources with TCCP (Linda Bauld) at Edinburgh.
    This creates opportunities for ASTRA ECRs to attend training courses, e.g. in qualitative research methods.
  • Training webinars (on a variety of research topics) have been set up at York (jointly between IMPACT and
    ASTRA). These are open to all ASTRA and IMPACT members, and take place monthly.
  • Experience of stakeholder engagement (UK, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India). Annual stakeholder workshops are
    held, as part of ASTRA.
  • Writing skills workshops are offered (monthly) at University of York to ASTRA (and IMPACT) ECRs, to help global
    health academics for whom English is not their first language.


NIHR GHR Group on the Application of Genomics and Modelling to the Control of Virus Pathogens (GeMVi) in East Africa at the University of Warwick

1. GeMVi collaborates with an NIH-funded initiative (EANBiT) to host a five-week Bioinformatics residential course at Kilifi, Kenya. The course runs from July - August every year and is open to East Africans who would like to become expertise in or need to apply bioinformatics for their research work.

2. GeMVi Research Fellowships are between 3-9 months long, open to East Africans and offer support for sequencing, bioinformatics and predictive modelling training at any of the partner institutions.


NIHR GHR Group on genomic surveillance of malaria in West Africa at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute


NIHR GHR Group on Improving the Management of Acute Brain Infections at University of Liverpool


NIHR GHR Group on Atrial Fibrillation management at the University of Birmingham

Modules offered on the Masters in Public Health (MPH) and the Masters in Health Research Methods (MHRM) in the Institute of Applied Health Research at the University of Birmingham would be available (10 credit modules cost £1205 and 20 credit modules cost £2410). These include:


  • Epidemiology Statistics and Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Practical Epidemiology and Statistics (20 credits)
  • Health Information and Health Informatics (10 credits)
  • Principles of Health Technology Assessment (10 credits)
  • Health Economics (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Leadership and Management in Health (10 credits)
  • Health Care Evaluation and Commissioning* (10 credits)
  • Health Protection 1 (10 credits)
  • Sociology and Social Policy (10 credits)
  • Health Promotion (10 credits)
  • Global Health (10 credits)
  • Systematic Reviews and Evidence Synthesis (20 credits)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Clinical Trials (MPH) (20 credits)
  • Advanced Statistical Methods (10 credits)
  • Further Global Health (20 credits)

For further information, please go to


  • Epidemiology Statistics and Research Methods (20credits)
  • Practical Epidemiology and Statistics (20 credits)
  • Health Care Evaluation and Commissioning (10 credits)
  • Health Economics (10 credits)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Principles of Health Technology Assessment (10 credits)
  • Systematic Reviews and Evidence Synthesis (20 credits)
  • Clinical Trials (MPH) (20 credits)
  • Economic Evaluation in Health Care (20 credits)
  • Health Information and Health Informatics (10 credits)
  • Advanced Statistical Methods (10 credits)
  • Mixed Methods Research Designs (20 credits)

 For further information, please go to

NIHR GHR Group on health system responses to violence against women at University of Bristol

Please see this website which outlines methodological short courses available at the University of Bristol:

These short courses are available at our partner institution London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine:

Please note that academy members would have to apply for a place on any short courses, and many of them get booked
up well in advance.

Senior researchers from our group may also be able to provide mentoring/training.


NIHR GHR Group: Improving Outcomes in Mental and Physical Multimorbidity and Developing Research Capacity (IMPACT) in South Asia at the University of York

Webinar series on selected topics such as systematic reviews or surveys; hands-on practical support such as mentorship.
More information is available upon request.


NIHR GHR Group on improving outcomes in sub-Saharan African diabetes through better diagnosis and treatment at the University of Exeter


NIHR GHR Group on From surviving to thriving: Assessing and responding to occupational and public health risks in informal settlements and for informal workers and the effects of climate change on these risks: Building learning from India and Zimbabwe at the IIED


NIHR GHR Group on leveraging improved nutrition preconception, during pregnancy and postpartum in SubSaharan Africa through novel intervention models, Southampton 1000 DaysPlus Global Nutrition, at the University of Southampton


NIHR GHR Group on Clean Energy Access for the prevention of Non-communicable disease in Africa through clean Air: CLEAN-AIR(Africa) at the University of Liverpool

  • Summer School
  • PhD training programmes