Applied global health research: improve health in low and middle income countries (LMICs), apply by 14 April 2021

The Applied Global Health Research Board supports applied research that will be of direct and primary benefit to the health of vulnerable populations living in low and middle income countries.

Apply for funding offered by the Medical Research Council (UK) for applied global health research that will benefit the health of people living in low and middle income countries (LMICs). Proposals that combine expertise from more than one sector to meet a global health challenge are particularly encouraged.

There is no limit to the amount of funding you can apply for. You can submit a proposal of any size, from a small seed-funding proposal to a large-scale programme grant.

You can apply if you are:

  • an LMIC-based principal investigator
  • a UK-based principal investigator working in partnership with LMIC investigators

Research projects aimed at developing of practical solutions to health challenges, including:

  • late-stage intervention development
  • implementation science
  • scale-up activities
  • health services research
  • health economics
  • health policy research
  • research with a predominantly applied focus that does not fit within the remit of other MRC boards and panels.

The research question might involve different disciplines and approaches from outside the health sector, but the primary objective must be health focused.

Applied research into understanding the effects of COVID-19 in LMICs will be funded through this board.

Proposals of all sizes are accepted, including large applications over £1 million and small to medium-scale applications. Value for money will be taken into account when assessing proposals.

You can apply for funding to address any health topic of relevance in the context where the research will be conducted. The board currently has board opportunities in:

  • maternal and neonatal health
  • early childhood development
  • adolescent health
  • implementation science.

Applications falling within these areas will be prioritised for funding (see ‘board opportunities’ below), but applications in any area are invited. Three grant schemes are available through the Applied Global Health Research Board: