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Global Health Policy and Systems Research - Researcher-led call



Supporting Information

Please note: This document is to be used as a guide and to assist with completion of the on-line application form only, for example to see how many characters are accepted in each section and how the printed complete form is laid out. Please do not try to use this as an application form, you must apply using the online form available through the links available when calls are open. You should also refer to the application form guidance notes.

• Global Health Policy and Systems Research budget template

Please note: This budget template only applies to Global Health Policy and Systems Research and not other NIHR Global Health Research calls. The online version of the budget template is available on REALMS and must be used when submitting your application. The above budget template should only be used as a guide when preparing your application offline.


We are hosting a briefing webinar for researchers looking to apply to this call.

The webinar will cover the following topics: an overview of the NIHR Global Health Research portfolio, information on the Global HPSR programme and Global HPSR Researcher-led Call, the application process with hints and tips, and a Q&A session.

Date: 8th June
Time: 9.30am:

The webinar at 3pm is a repeat of the one at 9.30am, so there is no need to attend both. Please select the webinar you would like to attend and register in advance using the links above.  

 We are pleased to launch the call for Global Health Policy and Systems Research Researcher led awards that will meet the aims and ambitions set out in the following documents. The call requires the submission of a mandatory intent to submit by 1pm (GMT+1) on 7 July 2021, and full submission by 1pm (GMT+1) on 4 August 2021.

Through this call, awards of up to £4 million maximum (typical range £1-4 million) for a period of up to 4 years are available for eligible research. Applications are reviewed by independent experts and an international funding committee.

These awards will provide funding to research consortia to deliver applied global health policy and systems research to address policy and health systems for people in LMICs through equitable partnerships. Consortia will include two Joint Leads (LMIC/LMIC or LMIC/UK institutions) and up to an additional three research institutions in LMICs.

Research applications must have two Joint Leads; these will normally be Principal Investigators employed by a Higher Education Institution (HEI) or Research Institute based in either an LMIC (on the DAC list) or the UK. 

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.

Read more in our guidance on submitting applications to more than one Global Health Research programme call.


In order to apply you will need to carefully review the:

• Remit and guidance
• Core guidance
• Application form guidance
• Finance guidance


The NIHR Global Health Policy and Systems Research awards form a key part of the NIHR Global Health Research commitment to ODA. The programme supports development of equitable partnerships between LMIC and UK researchers, who together engage stakeholders to identify and address priorities for research in health policy and health systems, and develop plans for capacity strengthening and knowledge sharing.

Global HPSR research projects are expected to promote universal health coverage and support meeting UN SDG 3: ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages.

The scope includes, but is not limited to, applied research on wider elements of health systems such as governance, financing, health workforce, information systems, quality, and service delivery on health services and on the impacts of broader determinants of health. It can involve global health policy and systems research across the following domains:

• patient and practitioners (micro-level)
• organisation and delivery of health care (meso-level)
• national and regional (macro-level)

Researcher-led awards offer the opportunity to address any area of health policy and systems research within remit for this call.

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