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

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 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

 

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.

Related pages

External links

Latest funding opportunities for global health research

NIHR Global Research Professorships Round 5

The scheme aims to fund research leaders of the future to promote effective translation of research to benefit the health and welfare of people in low and middle income countries.

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