Deadline: 24 January 2017
The Department of International Development (DFID), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Wellcome Trust (WT) is seeking applications for its “Health Systems Research Initiative” to provide evidence to strengthen Health Systems in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).
Launched in 2013 this programme will generate world class and cutting-edge research that addresses key questions on strengthening and improving health systems in developing countries.
The programme’s aims are to fund methodologically rigorous, high quality research that will:
- Generate evidence on how to strengthen and improve health systems for people living in low- and middle-income countries.
- Use a health systems approach to inform the delivery of evidence-based interventions or structural changes. Proposals must demonstrate how interventions relate to and affect wider elements of a health system such as governance, financing, health workforce, information systems, service delivery etc.
- Provide evidence that is of direct relevance to decision makers and practitioners in the field.
- Research Grants: The duration of a Research Grant is usually up to 3 years, with a maximum duration of 5 years. Small and larger-scale projects are invited. As a guide, applicants should note there is approx. £4m available for Research Grants under this call. Funders would like to fund 5-10 projects.
- Foundation Grants: the duration of foundation grants to be no longer than 24 months, with a maximum budget of £200k each.
- The funders welcome multidisciplinary applications with strong input from social scientists working in health policy, psychology, anthropology, geography, sociology, economics and/ or political economy and applicants should also ensure they embed research within relevant theoretical frameworks, as evidenced by references, to strengthen applications.
- Projects with Principal Investigators (P-Is) from LMICs are strongly encouraged and all proposals must include Co-Investigators from the LMIC in which the research is taking place. Principal investigators can be based in the UK or any LMIC.
How to Apply
Applications must be submitted electronically through the Je-S system.
Armenia, Indonesia, Samoa, Bangladesh, Kenya, São Tomé and Principe, Bhutan, Kiribati, Senegal, Bolivia, Kosovo, Solomon Islands, Cape Verde, Kyrgyz Republic, Sri Lanka, Cameroon, Lao PDR, Sudan, Congo Rep, Lesotho, Swaziland, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritania, Syrian, Djibouti, Micronesia, Tajikistan, Egypt, Moldova, Timor-Leste, El Salvador, Morocco, Ukraine, Georgia, Myanmar, Uzbekistan, Ghana, Nicaragua, Vanuatu, Guatemala, Nigeria, Vietnam, Guyana, Pakistan, West Bank and Gaza, Honduras, Papua New Guinea, Yemen, India, Philippines, Zambia, United Kingdom.
For more information, please visit Health Systems Research Initiative.