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:

Leading a research programme

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


Leading a research programme

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

Republic of Ireland
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).

Rest of the world

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.

Research grants

  • Outline proposal deadline

    30 January 2018

  • Decision about outline proposals

    June 2018

  • Panel meeting

    October 2018

Foundation grants

  • Application deadline

    5 June 2018

  • Panel meeting

    October 2018

Contact us

If you have a question, contact the Medical Research Council: