Joint Health Systems Research Initiative

This scheme supports research based in low- and middle-income countries to improve health systems in those locations.

The scheme is jointly supported by the Department for International Development (DFID), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Wellcome Trust.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:

Intermediate, Senior

Where your host organisation is based:

UK, Republic of Ireland, Low- and middle-income countries, Rest of the world

Type of researcher:

Basic, Clinical, Public health

Level of funding:

Approximately £4 million is available to fund five to ten research grants. Foundation grants are up to £200,000 each.

Duration of funding:

Research grants normally last up to three years. Foundation grants last for 24 months.

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).

Republic of Ireland
Low- and middle-income countries

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

Rest of the world

You're not a clinically qualified researcher.


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

Public health

Key dates

The Medical Research Council considers applications once a year.

Research grants

  • Preliminary application deadline

    24 January 2017

  • Full application deadline

    June 2017

  • Panel meeting

    October 2017

Foundation grants

  • Application deadline

    24 January 2017

  • Panel meeting

    March 2017

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact Cally Walker at the Medical Research Council