Decide which programme to apply to


Researchers can apply for a number of different types of funding from NIHR’s global health research programmes.

The diversity of our funding programmes creates a balanced portfolio of research that addresses both global health priorities and the context-specific needs of communities in  low and middle income countries (LMICs).

We fund research projects on specific topics through our commissioned funding calls. We also invite researchers to submit proposals on topics of their choice through our researcher-led calls. 

Funding amounts and duration vary by programme and, in some cases, by funding call. Please check the guidance documents for individual funding opportunities to confirm.

 

Overview of NIHR Global Health Research programmes*

Programme 

Type of funding

Frequency of funding opportunities

Funding amounts

Funding period

Researcher led

Commissioned

Global Health Policy and Systems Research programme

Funding for research

One a year

 

£2-4 million

Up to 4 years

 

One a year

Up to £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 Health Research Presentation and Training Travel Award Pilot

Career development travel award

Rolling

 

Up to £3,500

Up to 2 weeks

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

Workshop Fund

Career development funding

One a year

 

Up to £10,000 

One workshop over a 12 month period

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

 

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.

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Latest funding opportunities for global health research

Global Health Research Centres Call 1 - Research and Institutional Capacity Strengthening in Non-Communicable Diseases

The first call of the Global Health Research Centres programme will fund and designate NIHR Global Health Research Centres in non-communicable diseases.

NIHR Global Health Research Presentation and Training Travel Award Pilot (GHR PTTA)

This award gives applicants the opportunity to plan a personalised presentation, training (skills/techniques/career development) and networking experience in another part of the NIHR (within the UK or a LMIC).

NIHR Global Health Research Units

These awards will provide funding to a well-established, equitable research partnership or network of universities and research institutes in LMICs and the UK with an existing track-record of delivering internationally recognised applied global health research.

NIHR Global Health Research Groups

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.

Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation - call 4

The fourth call of the Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation (RIGHT) programme will fund research on unintentional injuries, and urgent and emergency care, in low and middle income countries.

All global health research funding opportunities

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