Government launches £60 million call for global health research

UK universities invited to apply for Department of Health funding for research to benefit people’s health in low and middle-income countries.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), which will award the funds, is particularly keen to see proposals that consider areas currently under-researched. These include non-communicable diseases, mental health, tobacco control, road safety, surgery, and health and applied social or economic research.

The funding is available for successful universities looking to expand their existing global health work, or for new entrants to the field.

Applications are invited for 2 schemes:

• NIHR global health research units: universities and research institutes with an existing track-record of internationally recognised research who wish to consolidate and expand this work - up to £7 million funding will be awarded for a 4 year period starting 1 April 2017

• NIHR global health research groups: existing specialist academic groups who wish to expand into the field of global health, especially in areas where there is a shortage of research - awards of up to £2 million over 3 years are available

Minister for Public Health and Innovation Nicola Blackwood said:

"We want to support other nations across the world with our gold standard science and research.

"These funds will allow our universities to continue to make great strides in research excellence. I look forward to seeing the exciting projects this money will support."

See the NIHR website for more information on how to apply. The closing date for applications is Thursday 26 January 2017.

Awards will be made in April 2017 and distributed over the following 5 years.