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- 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


Leading a research programme

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

Low- and middle-income countries

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


You're not a clinically qualified researcher.


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