Units and groups

We are investing in NIHR global health research infrastructure which enables UK academic groups with outstanding international reputations to work in partnership with Low and Middle Income Country (LMIC) institutions to address in-country health needs.

The flagship NIHR Global Health Research Units and Groups call launched in 2016. UK universities and research institutes were invited to submit applications to either expand or develop their ambitions to deliver world-class applied global health research, working in equitable partnerships with researchers in LMICs to address under-funded or under-researched global health areas specific to those countries.

 Applications were invited for two schemes:

  • NIHR Global Health Research Units: Universities and research institutes with an existing track-record of delivering internationally recognised research who wish to consolidate and expand this work. Funding available: up to £4m over four years per Unit.
  • NIHR Global Health Research Groups: Existing specialist academic groups who wish to expand into the field of global health, especially in shortage areas of research. Funding available: up to £2m over three years per Group.

For both Units and Groups, research in any field of applied global health for the primary benefit of LMICs was considered, which could deliver measurable benefits to patients and the public in ODA-eligible low and middle income countries on the DAC list.

Call 1  received a very high level of interest with £122.4m in funding awarded to 13 Units and 20 Groups.

 A second call for Groups was launched in 2017, with a further 20 Groups awarded £40m of funding.

The new NIHR GHR Units and Groups are working with partners from 50 countries. They are building on the UK's research strengths in applied health research in areas such as injury, surgery and non-communicable diseases to address issues affecting the poorest and most vulnerable people in LMICs, including in areas of unmet need.

For full details of the two calls and awards, including plain English summaries of the projects, public minutes and panel membership, see the outcomes page.