Health systems research initiative – Low & Middle Income Countries

healthcareDepartment for International Development (DFID), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Wellcome Trust (WT). have issued a health systems research initiative call : Providing evidence to strengthen health systems and improve health outcomes

The aim of the call is to fund rigorous, high quality research that will:

  • Generate evidence on how to strengthen health systems and improve health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Inform the delivery of evidence-based interventions or structural changes.
  •  Provide evidence that is of direct relevance to decision makers and users in the field.

Up to £15 million has been committed to the Health Systems Research Initiative, which will be allocated through three annual calls for proposals of £5 million each. The costs of each call will be shared between all four funders.
Applications may be for:
  • Development grants with a duration of 1-2 years and a total budget of around £100k each. These grants are tailored to assist interdisciplinary teams to develop robust and competitive proposals.
  • Full-scale research projects of up to 5 years duration. Typically the funders would expect a project of 3-4 years with costs of £100-£200k per annum.
 Closing date – 14 January 2014 (4.00pm).
For full details of the call see the MRC website.