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Grants for Global Health Research

Coming soon: UK-Argentina AMR October 2018.

DHSC have signed an agreement with Argentina’s Ministry of Health for bilateral, cutting-edge, research and development projects to reduce the impact of AMR in the environment from agricultural sources. DHSC will provide £5M through the UK’s Global AMR Innovation Fund (GAMRIF) with match funding from Argentina. This will be delivered by BBSRC-NERC and CONICET (National Scientific and Technical Research Council) using a similar model to Newton Fund. GAMRIF is £50M and forms part of DHSC’s £477M ODA Global Health Security programme.

UK-AMR Partnership Building Workshop – 10-14 September, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Deadline: 16 July 2018. Attendance of workshop not mandatory to main call but workshop could be useful for building partnerships and developing proposals.


Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance – Open call Public Health Issue. DFID, Wellcome Trust, NIHR.
EOI: 17 July 2018, EOI decision by 10 September 2018, £10k for seed funding activities leading to Full Proposal: 3 December 2018.
Final Decision: 31 March 2019.

Not labelled as GCRF but is focused on LMICs. It supports research that will strengthen the evidence base around public health interventions, rendering them more effective in humanitarian crises. The budget is worth up to £3.5 million, however there is no ceiling on the amount that can be requested. The maximum funding duration is three years. Applications must have a research team including a research institution and an operational humanitarian organisation.

  • Core Funding – Research concerned with health outcomes in the acute phase of an existing humanitarian crisis.
  • Rapid Trigger Funding – Research in the context of a rapid-onset crisis which is yet to occur.


Anti-Slavery Knowledge Network: Community-led Strategies for Creative and Heritage-based Interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa AHRC GCRF. Led by Alex Balch (Politics, HSS). One of five AHRC GCRF network+.

15 August 2018. Decision by 1 October 2018. Bids that address how slavery is a core development challenge in sub-Saharan Africa via innovative approaches from the arts and humanities to delivery community-engaged antislavery work. Overarching themes: Voices for freedom; Liberating heritage; Picturing emancipation. All projects must have someone based in Africa as a PI or co-I.

  • Medium grants: £5-30,000, up to 6 months duration.
  • Large grants - £30-100,000, up to 18 months duration.


Towards a Sustainable Earth (TaSE) - Human-Environment Interactions and the Sustainable Development Goals NERC-ESRC-AHRC; Japan Science & Technology Agency (JST); National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC); Department of Biotechnology (DBT), India Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development, Formas

Intention to Submit: 31 July 2018 Full Proposal Deadline: 14 August 2018

2-year rapid development grants of approximately £700k in total, Start Jan 2019.

Partners from at least 3 of the funding partner countries (i.e. UK + at least 2 from Japan, China, India, Sweden). UK element of any proposal expected to be based on a programme of work that lies pre-dominantly within the remits of NERC, ESRC, and AHRC but including other disciplines (e.g. engineering, medical), where appropriate, to achieve a holistic approach (not required to focus on DAC list countries). Total UK available: £2.9 million. UK costs per project capped at £400,000. Projects should focus on the global picture, taking into consideration both developing and developed countries. Address challenges faced by interdependencies between more than 2 SDGs.

Pillar 1: Understanding the System: Boundaries, vulnerabilities and critical thresholds. Knowledge creation; focussing on the functioning of human-environment systems and the gaps in knowledge that would need to be filled in order to meet the SDGs.  e.g.

  • how degradation of terrestrial and freshwater systems (Goal 6) affect biodiversity, ecosystem services and human wellbeing (Goal 3), including estimating or predicting critical thresholds (Goal 15);
  • maintaining contributions of the environment to poverty reduction (Goal 1 and 8), health (Goal 3), sustainable agriculture and food provision (Goal 2) and energy security (Goal 7);
  • decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation and increased resource efficiency (Goals 8, 11 and 12);
  • interactions between environmental hazards (including those exacerbated through climate change), socioeconomic position, (in)equalities and community stressors (Goals 1, 5 & 10)
  • interactions between energy security, renewable energy sources, individual and corporate consumption patterns and resulting impacts on the environment e.g. from land use change for biofuels production (Goals 15, 7 & 9)

Pillar 2: Research to inform policy and practice interventions to address these issues and deliver sustainable development, and the implementation research that informs the intervention approach. Use of new and existing research, including in combinations across disciplines, in order to generate innovative policy and practice; how to achieve the SDGs, what can be done, where and by whom. e.g.

  • Agricultural policy incentives to decrease exposure and vulnerability of agricultural systems to droughts and floods, whilst considering the needs and impacts on the communities and populations that depend on them (Goals 2, 13 & 15);
  • Infrastructure and policy interventions to reduce water use in energy production whilst delivering energy security and affordability (Goal 6, 7 and 13) ;
  • Adaptive planning regulatory regimes which account for varying land-use and societal characteristics across regions and nations reducing inequalities, enhancing well-being and reducing environmental degradation (Goals 3, 9, 10, 11, & 15)
  • Interventions to marry economic growth with enhancement of the quality of natural resources and ecosystem services (including water, air, soil) (Goals 6, 12, 14 & 15)
  • The development/identification of inclusive ‘grass roots’ community or education initiatives to inform, promote and maintain responsible consumption/production practices at local or regional scales (Goals 4, 5, 10 & 11).


Food & Nutriton Research for Health in the Developing World: Bioavailability & Nutrient Content BBSRC, GCRF

Opens 2 July, close 11 September 2018. 2 years duration, award amount yet to be announced. Start date: 1 April 2019. Inform the development of new strategies to address the challenges in food, nutrition and health by supporting research that brings together the complementary capabilities of scientists in the UK and partners in developing countries. Aims to:

  • Deliver health benefits by investing in interdisciplinary research across the agriculture-food-nutrition-health pathway to deliver more sustainable nutritious foods to improve physical and cognitive health across the lifecourse in developing countries.
  • Improve the nutritional composition and bioavailability of key nutrients in a diverse range of foods to meet nutritional requirements and address malnutrition/key nutrient deficiencies in the developing world.


Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowships + Engineering for Development Research Fellowships [GCRF]

Open 2 Jul, close 24 Sep 2018. 5 year fellowships for those awarded their PhD within last 4 years or returning to work.

Last year’s guidance:

£500,000 over 5 years + £25K per year for GCRF fellows. Start 1 Aug-30 Nov 2019? Limit of 3 per institution + 1 extra if positive action for a group persistently underrepresented (women, black and minority ethnic) Expect 185 applications. 9 -20 to be awarded. 4 GCRF fellows be awarded.

Demand management system to be announced.


Global Mental Health MRC, GCRF

Opens 14 July 2018, Applicants must contact MRC by 2 October 2018, Full deadline 6 November 2018. Decisions March 2019. £15 million total budget, 5 awards, 5 years. Address the growing global burden of mental health problems, with a particular focus on childhood and adolescence, and support awards that address the aetiology and epidemiology of mental health and illness relevant to LMICs. Subjects could include:

  • Epidemiological and population studies.
  • The health impacts of challenges to early brain development that affect mental health and cognition.
  • Mechanisms and dimensions that underlie risk and resilience to mental illness in MNIC settings.
  • Interaction of external factors with specific, well-defined developmental periods in childhood and adolescence on trajectories of mental health.
  • Development, validation and/or standardisation of tools, measures and instruments relevant and appropriate to the local context and health systems, and implementable in low resource settings.
  • Experimental medicine studies and the development of novel interventions from epidemiological or aetiological research.


Improving Adolescent Health in LMIC Settings third callMRC/DfID/NIHR/?

Opens 25 June, Deadline: 18 September 2018. Decision March 2019.

£4 million total, no project budget limits but expect 10-12 projects to be funded of 3-5 years.

Adolescents are 10-19 year olds. Consider impact of gender. Interdisciplinary collaborations across social science, biomedical science and other disciplines encouraged. Areas of interest:

  • migration and displaced populations; research in fragile states; disabilities;
  • unintentional and intentional injury; addiction; tobacco; mental health; respiratory health; neurodevelopmental disorders; environmental exposures (such as endocrine disruptors);
  • anaemia; chronic disease (cancer, epilepsy, diabetes, etc.);
  • biomarkers for adolescent disorders (such as nutrition);
  • transitioning out of adolescence and quality of care during transition to adult specialists;
  • adolescent friendly health services.

Basic research relevant to adolescent health (basic, aetiological, epidemiological) not eligible for this call but welcome to MRC standard research boards and panels.

  • Atif Rahman (IPHS) was successful in second call (Sep 2017).


British Council Researcher Links Workshops Newton Fund

Travel grants for early career researchers to attend workshops.


Coming soon: STFC GCRF Foundation Awards

Next call opening 18 June 2018 closing 11 September 2018. Projects which address challenges faced by low- and middle-income countries and strengthen the capability for research and innovation. Total £3M available. April 2019 – March 2021. Lead applicants must be employed within a Research Organisation group previously or currently funded by the STFC core Science Programme (nuclear physics, particle physics & particle astrophysics, astronomy & space science, and accelerators & computing in support of these) or employed within STFC Laboratories/Facilities and must show that the work proposed will develop technologies and expertise directly from this research.

  • Interested: Sergey Burdin (Physics)

2017 call award winners:


Coming soon: STFC 21st Century Challenge Networks

Next call opening 21 July 2018 closing 2 October 2018. The following information is subject to change. This award supports projects which address challenges faced by low- and middle-income countries and strengthen the capability for research and innovation. Applicants may request over £100,000.

  • Interested: Sergey Burdin (Physics)


Coming soon: Food, Nutrition and Health, Peru. MRC-CONCYTEC Peru.

Date in 2018 Joint call for research proposals focusing on the relationship between Food, Nutrition and Health. £2.5m available to support UK component of with matched funding from CONCYTEC to support Peruvian components. 3 years.


STFC GCRF & 21st Century Challenges Network Calls 2018 Showcase and Briefing Event, 6 June 2018, London. Deadline 31 May.

Will showcase a selection of existing 21st Century Challenges Networks and Global Challenge Research Fund Foundation awards and will be of interest to STFC-funded researchers with an interest in applying STFC science and technology to challenges in the UK and in developing countries, as well as researchers and stakeholders from other disciplines interested in partnering with STFC-funded researchers


Coming soon: Changing the Story: Building Inclusive Societies with and for Young People in Post-Conflict CountriesAHRC GCRF. Led by UoLeeds. One of five AHRC GCRF network+. (UoL leads the anti-slavery network+).

Support research that considers the relationship between young people and civil society organisations in post-conflict countries. Large grants: £50,000-£100,000, 12-15 months. Announced after 1 April 2019, more details on website from 1 September 2018.



Coming soon: Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand ChallengeDFID, US AID, Grand Challenges Canada.

Expected to open early 2019. Provide, supply or locally generate safe water and sanitation, energy, life-saving information or health supplies to help conflict-affected people. Seed projects: up to $250k CAD for 24 months. Transition to scale innovations: up to $1m CAD for 24 months to refine, test and implement innovative solutions that have achieved proof of concept.