Joint Global Health Trials scheme

This scheme funds late-stage trials of interventions that will provide evidence to help improve health in low- and middle-income countries.

It's a partnership between the UK Department for International Development, the UK Medical Research Council (MRC), the National Institute for Health Research and the Wellcome Trust. 

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:

Intermediate, Senior

Where your host organisation is based:

UK, Low- and middle-income countries

Type of researcher:

Basic, Clinical, Public health

Level of funding:

Up to £20 million is available to fund several awards. Development grants are up to £150,000 each.

Duration of funding:

Development grants are up to 2 years. Research grants are usually 3 to 4 years, but can be up to 5 years.

Eligibility and suitability

What we offer

How to apply

Funding partners



You’re consolidating your research career. You lead on research projects and are establishing a research team.


You’re an experienced researcher responsible for the strategic direction of your research programme(s) and team(s).

Low- and middle-income countries

Low-income, lower-middle-income and upper-middle-income countries, as defined by the World Bank


You're not a clinically qualified researcher.


You're a clinically qualified medic, vet, dentist or psychologist.

Public health

Contact us

Esther Dixon at the Medical Research Council:

Bibi Oni at the Wellcome Trust:

Key dates

The Medical Research Council considers applications once a year.

Global health trial research grants

  • Outline proposal deadline

    15 September 2016

  • Decision about outline proposals

    Early December 2016

  • Invited full application deadline

    February 2017

  • Final decision

    June 2017

Trial development grants

  • Full application deadline

    15 September 2016

  • Final decision

    Early December 2016

People we've funded