Applied Global Health Research: Stage One

Closes: 13 June 2024

Key Information

Stage one application closing date: 13 June 2024, 4:00pm UK time
Stage one decision meeting: 5 September 2024
Stage one applicants informed of decision: October 2024
Funders: Medical Research Council (MRC)
Co-funders: UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Officer (FCDO)
Award range:  £150,000 - £2,000,000

About the Funding

Apply for funding to support applied research that will address global health challenges and inequities.

Applications of all sizes are accepted, including large research projects and small to medium-scale applications.

The aim is to develop a portfolio of high-quality global research which will be diverse, promote multidisciplinarity and strengthen global health research capacity.

Applications are encouraged from project leads based in:

  • low and middle-income countries (LMICs)
  • UK, working in equitable partnership with LMIC researchers

Who can apply

Before applying for funding, check the Eligibility of your organisation.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has introduced new role types for funding opportunities being run on the new UKRI Funding Service.

For full details, visit Eligibility as an individual.

Who is eligible to apply

To be eligible to apply for this funding, you must: 

  • be eligible as an individual

  • be based at either an eligible UK research organisation, or based in a:
    • research organisation in a low or middle-income
    • country (LMIC), with degree-awarding powers recognised by the government in which the organisation is based
    • research-focused institute based in an LMIC either funded by the government of the country in which the organisation is based, or by a not-for-profit organisation
    • research-focused not-for-profit organisation based in an LMIC with dedicated research capacity

Medical Research Council (MRC) particularly encourages applications from:

The board recognises that applied global health research requires the involvement of a diverse range of collaborating organisations in order to affect sustainable change.

Applications involving a not-for-profit organisation based in an LMIC will be eligible to be named project co-lead (international). This can include grass-roots organisations and community groups.

If you do not have a contract of employment for the duration of the proposed project, by submitting an application the research organisation is confirming, if it is successful:

  • contracts will be extended beyond the end date of the project
  • all necessary support for the project and the applicants will be provided, including mentorship and career development for early career researchers


The organisation is looking to fund research projects that will lead to tangible change in health policy and practice in the near future through practical, impact focused research.

Through its investments in global health research, the organisation aims to:

  • support a portfolio of high quality, high priority, diverse investments to improve health, encouraging:
    • innovation in study design
    • multi-disciplinarity to address global challenges
    • diverse health topics: prioritise local relevance with potential for global impact
  • prioritise equitable partnerships
  • invest in research capacity strengthening
  • promote co-design and co-production with communities, policy-makers and health practitioners

Cross-sector research combining expertise to meet a global health challenge is also welcome. For example, an application may include aspects of urban planning, health policy and non-communicable disease (NCD) research. The research question might involve different disciplines and approaches from outside the health sector, but the primary objective must be to improve health.

You can apply for funding to address any health topic of relevance in the context where the research will be conducted. Examples of projects the organisation has funded to date include infections, climate, ageing, NCDs, snakebite and anti-microbial resistance. View the previous AGHRB awards.

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