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Decide which programme to apply to

We offer global health research funding through our different programmes.

Our global health research portfolio addresses:

  • global health priorities
  • the needs of communities in low and middle-income countries (LMICs)

We fund research on specific global health topics. We also invite researchers to submit proposals on topics of their own choice.

Funding amounts and durations vary by programme or individual funding call.

Please review the guidance documents of individual funding opportunities when you are applying.

Overview of NIHR Global Health Research funding schemes

Please note that the information in this table is indicative and subject to change.

ProgrammeType of fundingFrequency of funding opportunitiesFunding amountsFunding period
Global Health Policy and Systems Research programme Funding for research One a year £2-4 million Up to 4 years
Funding for research development One a year Up to £100,000 Up to 9 months
Global Health Research Centres Funding for consortia of research institutions One every three years Up to £10 million 5 years
Global Health Research Groups Funding for groups of researchers One every three years Up to £2 million Up to 3 years
Global Research Professorships Career development funding One a year Up to £2 million 5 years
Global Health Research Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration Career development travel award Rolling Up to £10,000 2–6 months
Global Health Research Units Funding for groups of researchers One every three years Up to £7 million Up to 4 years
Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation programme Funding for research  One a year £3-5 million 3-4 years

Funding partnerships

NIHR also forms partnerships with other leaders in global health research to co-fund both research projects and researcher career development. The frequency and type of funding available, as well as the funding amount and duration, vary by partner and funding call. See our partnerships page for more information.

We list all global health funding opportunities on our website, and you can sign up to funding alerts to be notified of new opportunities.