NIHR Global Health Research Groups – Call 5

The NIHR Global Health Research portfolio funds applied health research in areas of unmet need for the direct and primary benefit of people in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

It is underpinned by 3 principles which guide development and delivery:

  1. meet eligibility criteria as Official Development Assistance (ODA), i.e. funded research directly and primarily benefits people in ODA-eligible countries on the DAC-list
  2. deliver high-quality applied health research, building on the Principles of the NIHR: Impact, Excellence, Effectiveness, Inclusion, and Collaboration
  3. strengthen research capability and training through equitable partnerships

Global Health Research Groups Call 5 which will meet the aims and ambitions set out in the following call specification.

  • Award funding: Up to £3 million for up to 4 years
  • Leadership model: Two joint leads, one UK- and one LMIC-based.
  • Contractor: UK joint lead to administer funding to downstream partners

Eligibility: applications must demonstrate how they meet ODA compliance criteria and outline:

  • which country or countries on the OECD DAC list of ODA-eligible countries will directly benefit
  • how the application is directly and primarily relevant to the development challenges of those countries
  • how the outcomes will promote the health and welfare of people in a country or countries on the OECD DAC list

Groups applications must demonstrate an equitable partnership between two Joint Lead Applicants:

  • one at an eligible LMIC institution (LMIC Joint Lead)
  • one at an eligible UK institution (UK Joint Lead)

Level of funding: Through this call, awards up to £3 million over a period of up to 4 years are available for NIHR Global Health Research Groups.

Additional information: Applications in any field of applied global health research for the direct and primary benefit of people living in one or more ODA-eligible country/ies will be considered. This is an open/researcher-led call. Within this, NIHR remains interested in its previously published priority areas. 

Key dates

  • 14 November 2023: deadline for remit and REALMS registration queries
  • 22 November 2023: applications close at 13:00 pm BST

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