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:

Leading a research programme

Where your host organisation is based:

UK, Low- or 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.

Who can apply

Academic groups based in the UK or in low- or middle-income countries can apply to the Global Health Trials scheme. The trials should be based in low- or middle-income countries.
 
You can read the eligibility criteria for this scheme on the Medical Research Council website.

What we're looking for

Proposals should address major health-related problems in low- and middle-income countries, particularly those that affect the most vulnerable populations.

We will give priority to proposals that are likely to produce results that can be implemented.

Although the breadth of the scheme is deliberately wide, we particularly welcome proposals for research into:

  • chronic non-communicable diseases, including mental health
  • reproductive, maternal and newborn health.

The Global Health Trials scheme is aimed at funding randomised controlled trials (RCTs), although other types of methodologies can be used alongside RCTs to explore implementation and operational issues.

The scheme focuses on late-stage (equivalent to phase III/IV) clinical and health intervention trials that evaluate efficacy and effectiveness. We may consider Phase IIb trials of major relevance to the objectives of the call. If you want to submit a Phase IIb stage trial, please contact the Medical Research Council website for further guidance.

The scope of the scheme includes, but is not limited to:

  • behavioural interventions
  • complex interventions
  • disease management
  • drugs
  • vaccines
  • hygiene
  • diagnostic strategies.

You can choose between two proposal types:

  • global health trial research grants
  • trial development grants.

Find out more about what we’re looking for on the Medical Research Council website.

Other schemes

Joint Health Systems Research Initiative

Supporting research based in low- and middle-income countries to improve health systems in those locations.
Full details of Joint Health Systems Research Initiative
Scheme finder

This year, the Joint Global Health Trials scheme has £20 million to fund several awards. Support includes:

  • research expenses of the trial
  • trial steering and data monitoring committee costs
  • trial management costs (eg salary and training).

The Medical Research Council website has more information about the support we offer.

Please go to the Medical Research Council (MRC) website to find out how to apply.

The MRC processes all applications for this scheme. Please don’t apply to the Wellcome Trust.

There are two types of grant:

  • global health trials research grants (a two stage application process)
  • trial development grants (a one stage application process).

The Joint Global Health Trials Committee shortlists and recommends applicants. There are no interviews for this scheme.

Dates

The MRC considers applications once a year.

Global health trial research grants

  • Outline proposal deadline

    14 September 2017, 16:00 BST

  • Decision about outline proposals

    Early December 2017

  • Invited full application deadline

    February 2018

  • Final decision

    June 2018

Trial development grants

  • Full application deadline

    14 September, 16:00 BST

  • Final decision

    Early December 2017

Funding partners

Definitions

Leading a research programme

For researchers with a PhD or the equivalent, and significant postdoctoral research experience.

UK
Low- or middle-income countries

See a list of low- and middle-income countries, as defined by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Basic

You're not a clinically qualified researcher.

Clinical

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

Public health

Key dates

The Medical Research Council considers applications once a year.

Global health trial research grants

  • Outline proposal deadline

    14 September 2017, 16:00 BST

  • Decision about outline proposals

    Early December 2017

  • Invited full application deadline

    February 2018

  • Final decision

    June 2018

Trial development grants

  • Full application deadline

    14 September, 16:00 BST

  • Final decision

    Early December 2017

Contact us

If you have a question, contact:

Jessica Dixon at the Medical Research Council

Erica Pufall at the Wellcome Trust

People we've funded