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How to apply for global health funding

Find out if you are eligible for funding

NIHR awards funding for global health research in low and middle income countries (LMICs) that are eligible to receive Official Development Assistance (ODA).

Find out more about eligibility

Decide which programme to apply to

We currently have five different funding programmes you can apply to, as well as career development funding and funding opportunities offered in partnership with other organisations in global health research.

Find out which programme is right for you

Build equitable partnerships

NIHR is committed to supporting equitable partnerships between LMIC and UK researchers. We offer funding and advice to help applicants develop such partnerships.

Read our advice on equitable partnerships

Engage and involve communities

We champion the involvement of patients and communities in LMICs in all aspects of the research we fund, to improve its reach, quality and impact.

Read our advice on involving communities in your research

Plan for impact

We want to ensure that the research we fund achieves the maximum benefit for people in LMICs. Research proposals should have a clear and actionable strategy for delivering impact, including research uptake and dissemination.

Find out more about how to plan for impact

Prepare and submit your application

All applications for funding should be submitted online before the published deadline. All applications are assessed by funding committees made up of academics, health professionals, representatives from relevant communities and members of the public.

Find out more about what’s required in applications

Sign a contract

NIHR funds research by contracting researchers’ organisations on behalf of the UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

Find out about the contracting process

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