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NIHR Global Health Research Units



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 which can be found next to the ‘Apply Now’ button.

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

NIHR held a webinar on 8 July 2020 to provide information about new funding for Global Health Research Groups and Units to support applicants.


We are pleased to launch a second call for Global Health Research Units that will meet the aims and ambitions set out in the following documents. The call will have two closing dates (Autumn 2020 and Summer 2021) to reflect the different challenges research teams may face in developing high quality applications during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

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.


The NIHR Global Health Research Units and Global Health Research Groups awards form a key part of the NIHR Global Health Research commitment to ODA. The  Global Health Research Units and Global Health Research Groups offer is unique for NIHR in that it provides funding to support not only delivery of research that will improve health outcomes for people living in LMICs, but also strengthens crucial research capability in resource-poor settings, in particular, training and capacity-building in both academic research and programme support functions. Together these provide a vital and sustainable platform for future research in those countries.

These awards will provide funding to collaborations of specialist researchers within universities and research institutes in LMICs and the UK who wish to establish new programmes of applied health research. Global Health Research Units will have an existing track record of delivering internationally recognised applied global health research and wish to consolidate and expand this work. Units will address unmet global health needs through equitable research partnerships and must have Joint UK and LMIC Lead applicants, clear plans to strengthen research capacity and support future sustainability of research in partner countries.