International Call: MRC-AHRC Global Public Health Awards

Global Public Health Awards

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) offers a unique opportunity for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) to launch a global public health initiative that responds to the challenge of bringing together expertise in medical science and health interventions in developing countries, with an understanding of local knowledge and history, cultural dynamics, community engagement, and trust.

Eligibility Criteria for Global Public Health Awards

All proposals under this call must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be highly inter-disciplinary bringing together significant insights and UK research expertise from the arts/ humanities and the medical/ health sciences. The added value from the inter-disciplinary approach should be clearly explained in the proposal.
  • Be internationally collaborative involving researchers, practitioners, communities, patients, and/or other non-academic partners in one or more low or middle income country.
  • Focus on global public health issues in LMICs with the potential to benefit the health of people in LMICs.

Eligible Countries: United Kingdom, Armenia, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Syria, Tokelau, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Eligible Activities:

Activities under this initiative should aim to lay the foundations of networks and researcher relationships between expertise in the medical sciences and the arts and humanities internationally. Teams should include an appropriate mix of arts and humanities research and medical science expertise.

The following activities are permissible under this partnership grant scheme:

  • establishing Inter-disciplinary collaborative partnerships or consortia
  • developing strategy to strengthen research activity across the field
  • knowledge sharing across research departments and/or between Institutions and across sectoral boundaries both within the UK and with LMIC based colleagues
  • small scale/pilot/proof of principle/exploratory/ higher risk inter-disciplinary projects to explore innovative boundary crossing collaborations
  • cross-disciplinary (and cross-cultural / language) literature reviews/ research synthesis/ evidence analysis or integrative data sharing and analysis
  • widening/ extending the disciplinary breadth of existing teams / partnerships (e.g. through placements, embedding, ethnographic research)
  • career development, inter-disciplinary skills enhancement and capacity building
  • establishing shared infrastructure, for example staff, systems, equipment, data, seminars, workshops.  This could include a co-ordinated set of needs-led and complementary networking activities (including outreach work and travel) with a defined output

Funding for PhD studentships is not eligible under this call.

Funding available for Global Public Health Awards:

The total funding available for this call from MRC and AHRC is £2million

Costs of up to £200,000 fEC could be appropriate, although the scale of the awards will be flexible to meet the needs of the research. The funding requested should be commensurate with the activities intended for these projects.

The duration of these grants should be between 18-24 months.

Important Dates:

Application forms available on Je-S            25 March 2017

Networking and information event            12 April 2017, London

Webinar                                                            To be announced on the website

Deadline for submissions                             8 June 2017 16:00 BST

Panel Meeting                                                 Mid July 2017

Decisions to be sent out                                Late July 2017

Start date of awards                                       1 September 2017 to 1 December 2017


Proposals must be submitted to Je-S by the call deadline: 4pm BST Thursday 8 June 2017.

Full details on how to apply to this scheme is detailed in the scheme specific guidance on the AHRC & MRC call webpages.

For queries about applying to this funding scheme or scheme eligibility please contact:

For more detail visit the link below:

Award Call