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Global HPSR Call 3 Projects


22 November 2022


13:00 on 15 March 2023


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.

We are pleased to launch NIHR Global Health Policy and Systems Research Projects that will meet the aims and ambitions set out in the following documents.

Please note that this will be a two-stage application.

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

Two briefing webinars will be held on 8 December (morning and afternoon UK time). Please register to attend using the following links:

Through this call, awards of up to £1m maximum for a period of up to 3 years are available for eligible research.

Global Health Policy and Systems Research Projects should have clearly defined questions which specifically target an identified health policy and/or system(s) challenge or evidence gap. Projects should then set out how the outcome of the research will benefit vulnerable populations in LMICs (on the DAC list).

Projects must include plans to involve relevant communities and stakeholders at all stages to ensure that research objectives address their needs. In addition to this, HPSR Projects must support career development for research leaders of the future, as well as new entrants to Global Health Policy and Systems Research.

Research applications can have two Joint Leads who must be from different organisations (LMIC-LMIC or LMIC-UK, contracting organisation can be LMIC or UK), or Sole Lead (must be employed at LMIC organisation).
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. Please refer to the guidance on submitting applications to more than one Global Health Research programme call. For more information, please email

Global HPSR programme background

The Global HPSR programme funds research to improve access to appropriate and affordable health services in ODA-eligible countries on the DAC list, aligned with the aims of Universal Health Care and Sustainable Development Goal 3. This is achieved through development of equitable partnerships between LMIC and UK research institutions where relevant, engagement of stakeholders to identify and address priorities for research in health policy and health systems, and by supporting capacity strengthening and knowledge sharing.