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New NIHR global health research funding open to Welsh researchers

6 June 2020

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) will be launching funding initiatives over the next year to support global health research, alongside the global focus on COVID-19. All initiatives will be open to applicants from Wales.

Since its inception in 2016, the NIHR Global Health Research programme has supported high-quality applied health research for the benefit of people in low and middle income countries. The programme supports areas of applied health research and training that are under-funded or where there is an unmet need, and aims to reduce health inequalities.

Launch dates and call windows for the new programme have been adjusted to balance the response to COVID-19, alongside continuing to deliver global health research opportunities.

Open calls:

NIHR Global Health Research Units

Aim: These awards will provide funding to a well-established, equitable research partnership or network of universities and research institutes in low and middle-income countries and the UK with an existing track-record of delivering internationally recognised applied global health research. Units will deliver large scale, ambitious programmes of applied health research which consolidate and expand their existing work. A Unit must have Joint UK and low and middle-income country Lead applicants, clear plans to strengthen research and research management capacity and support future sustainability of research in partner countries. Any field of applied global health research for the direct and primary benefit of people living in one or more Official Development Assistance-eligible countries will be considered.

Funding: Up to £7 million over 5 years for Joint UK and low and middle-income country Lead applicants

Deadline:18 Nov 2020; summer 2021

NIHR Global Health Research Groups

Aim: These awards will provide funding to collaborations of specialist researchers within universities and research institutes in low and middle-income countries and the UK who wish to establish new programmes of applied health research. Groups will be either new to delivering applied health research globally or wish to expand an existing partnership. Groups will address unmet global health needs through equitable research partnerships and must have Joint UK and low and middle-income country Lead applicants, clear plans to strengthen research capacity and support future sustainability of research in partner countries.

Funding: Up to £3 million over 3-4 years for Joint UK and low and middle-income country Lead applicants

Deadline: 18 Nov 2020; summer 2021

Global Effort on COVID-19 (GECO) Health Research

Aim: Applied health research to address COVID-19 knowledge gaps. The focus is on understanding the pandemic and mitigating its health impacts in low and middle-income countries. The call prioritises epidemiology, clinical management, infection control and health system responses.

Funding: Up to £1 million for low and middle-income countries or UK-led projects

Deadline: Rolling call 

Opening in September 2020

NIHR Global Research Professorship

Opening in October 2020

Institutional Research Capacity Strengthening for Non-Communicable Diseases

Opening in November 2020

Opening in March 2021

Professor Kieran Walshe, Director of Health and Care Research Wales said: “The NIHR Global Health Research Programme is open to researchers from across the UK. It provides exciting and substantial opportunities for Welsh researchers interested in global health issues to seek funding for their work, and to contribute to the global health research agenda.”

For more read the NIHR blog on their global health research funding opportunities.