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.
|Programme||Type of funding||Frequency of funding opportunities||Funding amounts||Funding 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|
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.
Latest funding opportunities for global health research
The fifth Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation (RIGHT) call will support targeted research to strengthen health service delivery and resilience in low and middle income countries in the context of extreme weather events.