Background and delivery

The 2015 UK Aid Strategy sets out the government’s commitment to spend 0.7% Gross National Income on Official Development Assistance (ODA). The strategy aligns the government’s global efforts to defeat poverty, tackle instability, and create prosperity in developing countries, whilst also strongly supporting the UK national interest. Leveraging wider UK expertise through the UK’s world-leading science, research and development base to tackle global problems is a key strand of this.

All research activities commissioned and funded through the NIHR Global Health Research Programme contribute towards the UK aid commitment and must have direct and primary relevance to countries identified on the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee list.

This supports the UK government’s commitment to ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being in the world’s poorest countries, as set out in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The NIHR Global Health Research Programme supports areas of applied health research and training which are underfunded or where there is an unmet need. NIHR Global Health Research funding is awarded on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Research that is primarily and directly relevant to patients and public of low and middle income countries as identified on the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee list. (ODA compliant)
  • Research of very high quality and with strong impact potential
  • No disadvantages based on areas of diversity, including gender or disability

In line with the 2015 UK Aid Strategy and the UK Aid Transparency Guarantee, NIHR publishes information on all its ODA-funded activities in the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Standard. Information about NIHR’s Global Health Research activities can be found on the UK Development Tracker (DevTracker) under the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), alongside the Department’s other ODA activities. Transparency in international development delivers greater accountability, drives economic growth and improves the lives of poor people in developing countries.