Global health research

*This call is now closed* 

In 2016 the NIHR invited UK-based universities and research institutes to submit applications to deliver applied global health research. £60 million was be available for successful universities and research institutes looking to expand their existing global health work or for new entrants to the field.

Applications were invited for institutions to establish National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Global Health Research Units and Groups, which can deliver measurable benefits to patients and the public in low and middle income countries (LMICs).

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There was a particular interest in funding applications that addressed under-funded or under-researched areas in any areas of infectious and non-communicable disease. Applied research into antimicrobial resistance was also eligible. Particular non-communicable health areas of interest included mental health, surgery, and tobacco control, road safety as well as health and applied social science and economic research. However, the call was broad and was not restricted to these areas. Applications in any given specialty could be incorporated as part of a broader scheme of work or be standalone specialisms. 

This call complements UK-funded work already supported by the Department for International Development (DFID) in developing countries by the Medical Research Council (MRC), and schemes NIHR co-funds such as the Joint Global Health Trials Scheme. This call was also complementary to the current Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) RCUK call for strategic programmes to grow research capability to meet the challenges faced by developing countries. RCUK and NIHR will share information on health-related funding and will coordinate.