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A curated listing of global health funding opportunities.


BA Global Professorships provide mid-career to senior scholars – active in any discipline within the social sciences and the humanities and based in any country overseas – with the opportunity to work in the UK for four years.


Mid-career to senior scholars. Any discipline within Social Sciences and Humanities.


Apply to the British Academy Global Professorships


This annual grant offers early career researchers and global health professionals based anywhere in the world the opportunity to apply for funding in a topic related to tropical medicine and global health. In 2024 the RSTMH propose to fund 225 Early Career Grants, their highest number yet.*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in January 2024. This information is subject to change. ***


Up to £5,000 over 1 year (including VAT).


Early career researchers and global health professionals based anywhere in the world, who have not had research funding in their own name before.


Apply to the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene: Early Career Grants Programme


The TORCH Global South Visiting Professorship Programme is a flagship scheme that supports Visiting Professors from the Global South for one academic term in Oxford. All Souls College will generously host the visiting academic, and TORCH will provide additional logistical support.


Accommodation and Senior Common Room membership through the support provided by All Souls College, and a generous allowance to cover travel, maintenance and research expenses.


Holders of university or related posts in their country, and active in Humanities research areas. Not normally offered to candidates with doctorates awarded in the last seven years. Not available to individuals holding posts in Oxford or who are already resident in or near Oxford.


Apply for the TORCH Global South Visiting Professorship Programme


The awards provide up to £25,000 over one year to support collaborations between researchers in other countries and the UK, and to hold networking events aimed at strengthening global research capacity. See Stream 2 details for partnerships with DAC-listed countries.

Stream 1: UK/Developed country networks
This funding stream is for researchers looking to build a network with the UK from a selection of developed countries that have been identified for support by the International Science Partnerships Fund (ISPF).
Applicants from the US, Canada, South Korea, India, Japan, Israel and Switzerland have been identified as a priority for the scheme. However, applications are also welcomed from Singapore, China, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany, France and Netherlands.

Stream 2: UK/DAC-listed country networks
This funding stream is for researchers looking to build a network with the UK from a selection of developing countries that have been identified for support by the International Science Partnerships Fund (ISPF): Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Turkey, South Africa and Vietnam.
In addition, researchers based in all countries on the Least Developed Countries list are eligible to apply for a Networking Grant.


Maximum award: £25,000


The Networking Grants will be available to all researchers operating within the remit of one, or more, of the four UK National Academies (the Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society). This can broadly be described as research within natural sciences, including physics and chemistry, mathematics, computer science, engineering, agricultural, biological and medical research, social science, humanities, the scientific aspects of archaeology, geography and experimental psychology and clinical or patient-oriented research.
Submissions must be made jointly by a lead applicant based in an eligible country outside the UK and a co-applicant based in the UK.

Information on the Academy of Medical Sciences: Networking Grants


The NIHR Global Research Professorships scheme is open to researchers and methodologists from all professional backgrounds within health, public health and social care. Candidates must be able to demonstrate an outstanding research record of clinical and applied health, public health or care research. Their research must effectively translate to improving the health and welfare of people in low and middle income countries.

Internal Application

If you wish to be considered as a nominee for these rounds, you must submit an internal application to IRAMS by the deadline, likely to be Sept/Oct 2024. Internal applications details and forms via the University of Oxford co-ordinated bids webpage.


A generous support package, including 3 support posts, for 5 years.


Candidates will have spent no more than five years at their current level of seniority at the time of application (whether as a Professor, Reader, Senior Lecturer/Fellow, Clinician Scientist, Group Leader or similar). The University runs an internal selection process to identify Oxford’s candidates.


Funding to develop and test novel therapeutics, medical devices, diagnostics You can apply for academically-led translational projects that aim to either:

  • improve prevention, diagnosis, prognosis or treatment of significant health needs
  • develop research tools that increase the efficiency of developing interventions.

All diseases and interventions are eligible for support. You can also address global health issues and other interventions. Applications open in February, June & October.


No limits

Apply to the MRC: Developmental Pathway Funding scheme


Applications in any field of applied global health research for the direct and primary benefit of people living in one or more ODA-eligible country/ies will be considered.


Up to £3 million over 4 years.


Application must have two joint lead applicants, one at an eligible LMIC institution and one at an eligible UK institution.


Apply for the NIHR Global Health Research Groups


The programme promotes interdisciplinary approaches to research, including, but not limited to, collaborations between clinical, health economics, statistics, qualitative and social sciences disciplines. RIGHT runs one or two  funding calls a year on commissioned topics in applied health research. Previous NIHR RIGHT calls have been focussed on multimorbidity, mental health, epilepsy, infection-related cancers, severe stigmatising skin diseases and cardiovascular disease.


Typically awards funding of £1-5 million (maximum of £5 million) for research with a duration of 3-5 years.


Principal Investigator (Lead Applicant) employed by an LMIC HEI or Research Institute; or by a Principal Investigator employed by a UK HEI or Research Institute (UK Joint Lead Applicant) to jointly lead with a Principal Investigator employed by an LMIC HEI or Research Institute (LMIC Joint Lead Applicant).


General information on NIHR RIGHT funding


This scheme is for scientists based in the UK who want to stimulate collaborations with leading scientists overseas through either a one-off visit or bilateral travel.  




Research must be within the Royal Society’s remit of natural sciences, which includes but is not limited to biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics.


The NIHR are pleased to launch the Global Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR) Projects that will meet the aims and ambitions set out in the following documents.

In order to apply, you will need to carefully review the:

Please note that this will be a two-stage application.

Through this call, awards of up to £800,000 maximum for a period of up to 3 years are available for eligible research.

Global HPSR Projects should have clearly defined questions which specifically target an identified health policy and/or system(s) challenge or evidence gap. Projects should then set out how the outcome of the research will benefit vulnerable populations in LMICs (on the DAC list).

Projects must include plans to involve relevant communities and stakeholders at all stages to ensure that research objectives address their needs. In addition to this, HPSR Projects must support career development for research leaders of the future, as well as new entrants to Global Health Policy and Systems Research.

Research applications can have two Joint Leads who must be from different organisations (LMIC-LMIC or LMIC-UK, contracting organisation can be LMIC or UK), or Sole Lead (must be employed at LMIC organisation).

We will not accept the same or substantially similar applications across multiple NIHR Global Health Research calls. However, we will accept applications from the same or similar teams across more than one NIHR Global Health Research call where the aims and research proposals are substantially different. Please refer to the guidance on submitting applications to more than one Global Health Research programme call. For more information, please email


The NIHR held a webinar on 26 March 2024 to support applications to this funding opportunity. You can watch a recording of this webinar

Global HPSR programme background

The Global HPSR Programme funds research to improve access to appropriate and affordable health services in ODA-eligible countries on the DAC list, aligned with the aims of Universal Health Coverage and Sustainable Development Goal 3. This is achieved through development of equitable partnerships between LMIC and UK research institutions where relevant, engagement of stakeholders to identify and address priorities for research in health policy and health systems, and by supporting capacity strengthening and knowledge sharing.


Global Health Policy and Systems Research

About the scheme 

The ISPF International Collaboration Awards provide funding to enable outstanding emerging research leaders in the UK to develop research collaborations with international partners. The grants are open to newly independent researchers building their own group, who are ready to lead and drive the research vision of an international research programme. 

The objectives of the scheme are to:

  • Support the development of sustainable and mutually beneficial collaborative partnerships and the growth of international research networks
  • Enable newly independent researchers to generate new approaches to challenging research questions
  • Build the capabilities of newly independent researchers and their groups to conduct, manage, share and apply high quality research through sharing of knowledge, skills and exchange of people

This scheme is currently available to collaborate with international partners in: 

  • Japan
  • South Korea – co-funding with the National Research Foundation of Korea 
  • Brazil (plus Least Developed Countries) - ODA-eligible projects
  • South Africa (plus Least Developed Countries) - ODA-eligible projects

It forms part of the International Science Partnerships Fund (ISPF) under the theme of “Tomorrow’s Talent – Nurturing talent to drive inclusion, research and innovation.”

Please note that application rounds are currently open to selected countries and may be reopened or expanded in the future.

The Royal Society recognises that diversity is essential for delivering excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Society wants to encourage applications from the widest range of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences to maximise innovation and creativity in science for the benefit of humanity. We regularly review and revise policies and processes to embed equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) principles in all aspects of the grant making process and ensure all talented applicants have an equitable chance to succeed as per assessment criteria. 

See below for details of adjustments we can provide for disabled applicants. 

What does the scheme offer?

Applications can apply to the Royal Society for up to £225,000 over three years (£75,000 per year). ODA-eligible applications which include Least Developed Countries can apply for additional funding. Applications with South Korea can apply for additional funding for the Korean side of up to 360 Mil. (120 Mil. per year) South Korean Won (KRW) from NRF.

Funds can cover: 

  • research expenses
  • travel and subsistence for the applicants or members of their team
  • contribution towards research assistance
  • technical and non-technical training

This scheme does not cover applicant salary or indirect costs. Full funding details can be found in the scheme notes and in the Funding Guidance for International Collaboration Awards specific to each call.


The British Council invite applications from UK institutions for research proposals, offering grants of up to £80,000 (£100,000 full economic costs), to collaborate with international partners through the Department of Science, Innovation, and Technology's International Science Partnerships Fund (ISPF).

Countries initially joining this call include Egypt, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Thailand and Turkey.

The ISPF Research Collaborations grants provide small scale seed funding for collaborations between the UK and the participating ISPF countries/territories in each call to:

  • initiate new research and innovation collaborations between academic groups, departments, and institutions in partner countries and the UK
  • develop existing collaborations at group, departmental, and institutional level
  • encourage these collaborations to work with non-academic organisations and individuals to support the exchange of research and innovation expertise and the translation of research knowledge into tangible benefits
  • establish local hubs for UK- partner country/territory activity in a particular area, enabling engagement from the wider research and innovation community.

Who can apply

Both UK and international partner researchers must be leading researchers or established researchers.

In addition, UK researchers must be:

  • permanent employees at their institutions (emeritus and honorary professors may not apply as lead)
  • working at a not-for-profit higher education institution or eligible research organisation with the capacity to undertake high-quality research.

Please see the 'Research Collaborations Guidance for Applicants' for additional criteria.

Indicative timelines

Call opens  8 May 2024 
Deadline for applications 9 July 2024, noon BST
Review panels October 2024
Outcome of selection November 2024
UK project start dates:
see in-country guidance for partner dates
1 January 2025


The ISPF Research Collaborations information pack

The pack is available at the bottom of this webpage, providing background to researchers considering applying for a research collaboration grant under ISPF, delivered by the British Council.  It covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to the International Science Partnerships Fund.
  • Eligibility requirements and application process for research collaborations grants.
  • Official development assistance – ensuring your project is eligible.
  • Writing a gender statement – why and how.


About the International Science Partnerships Fund

The International Science Partnerships Fund is designed to enable potential and foster prosperity. It puts research and innovation at the heart of our international relationships, supporting UK researchers and innovators to work with peers around the world on the major themes of our time: planet, health, tech, and talent. The fund is managed by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology and delivered by a consortium of the UK’s leading research and innovation bodies, which includes: UK Research and Innovation (comprising the 7 research councils, Innovate UK and Research England), the UK Academies, the British Council, the Met Office, the National Physical Laboratory, the UK Atomic Energy Authority, and Universities UK International.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

British Council are committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion, and to continuing to attract and nurture talented people from the widest pool to remain internationally competitive in research and innovation. We believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to flourish and succeed. This includes avoidance of bias due to disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, sex (gender), and age.

The British Council is committed to equal opportunities and diversity and will consider, on a case-by-case basis, requests for support to encourage underrepresented groups to engage in ISPF activity, so long as sufficient justification is provided.

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Apply for funding for transdisciplinary research projects under the UKRI-Defra co-funded Maximising UK Adaptation to Climate Change programme. This is the second phase of programme, to fund world leading strategic research projects to help improve the UK’s resilience to climate change impacts.

You must be based at an eligible UK research organisation to apply.

You must work with the adaptation hub to ensure that findings from these research grants are aligned with policy needs.  The full economic cost (FEC) per project is £2 million for up to 30 months.

The NIHR Global Advanced Fellowships are postdoctoral awards that provide funding and support to individuals with the potential, and on an upwards career path, to become future leaders in research within the NIHR’s remit in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and the UK. The Global Advanced Fellowship scheme will support any field of applied global health and care research for the direct and primary benefit of people living in one or more ODA-eligible country/ies.

The Polio Research Committee  is calling for research proposals supporting the Polio Endgame Strategy 2022-2026. Research proposals supporting the strategic plan may be submitted to the Committee for review and funding. Preference will be given to proposals developed by GPEI partner agencies and their research collaborators. However, other institutions may also submit proposals if they address our research priorities.

The current priority of the Polio Research Committee is to generate new data or information in the following areas:

Vaccine schedule immunogenicity

  • Immunogenicity of poliovirus vaccination options after withdrawal of all oral poliovirus vaccines


  • Assessment of length of poliovirus environmental circulation after withdrawal of all oral poliovirus vaccines
  • Development and evaluation of new methods for poliovirus surveillance in areas with poor access

Product development

  • Development and evaluation of innovative IPV formulations or administration techniques (new mucosal adjuvants, virus-like particle [VLPs] vaccine, IPV patches, etc.)


  • Evaluation of factors favouring emergence of vaccine derived polioviruses

Monitoring & evaluation

  • Development and evaluation of new methods for assessment of quality (& coverage) of polio  vaccination mass campaigns

Basic immunology

  • Assessment of length of priming following IPV administration


  • Research supporting containment objectives and policies

Submission of proposals

The deadline for submission of proposals for the next round of review is 20 September 2024.

Submissions should be sent to and include the completed application form,

In order to be considered, applicants must submit a complete research proposal by the deadline. To guide the development of your proposal, please read the detailed guidelines on how to prepare a proposal for submission to the Polio Research Committee. Applications that are incomplete or have missing parts will not be considered. If a proposal is considered to meet our priorities, it will be forwarded to the Committee for their consideration.


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Apply for funding to work with researchers in Japan in the field of engineering biology for novel therapies and diagnostics research. They are looking for internationally competitive, full-scale collaborative and innovative partnerships. You must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for MRC funding. You must submit a parallel joint application.


This initiative will provide funding for up to three collaborative research projects. In total, MRC will make up to £3 million available in support of the UK components. Approximately 158 million JPY, in total for the three year period per research project, will be provided by the AMED in support of the planned Japanese research.

MRC will fund eligible costs applicable to the UK research requested by the UK project lead.

MRC will fund 80% of the full economic cost and 100% of permitted exceptions, related to the UK research costs.

The Japan-based project lead and associated costs for Japan-based research will be funded by AMED.


For support under this funding opportunity, applicants and organisations must be eligible to apply for funding from their respective country’s funding agency.


Find out more about the UK Japan Engineering Biology for Novel Therapies and Diagnostics Research Collaboration.


Wellcome plans two bioimaging funding activities:

  1. Addressing the lack of opportunities to access imaging facilities and training for researchers based in low-resource settings.
    They aim to increase access to bioimaging facilities and training in bioimaging methodologies for researchers in low- and middle-income countries.
    This activity, launching in January 2024, will see a series of funding calls delivered via a partnership with Global Bioimaging (GBI), a global consortium of imaging infrastructures. Their established network and understanding of the global bioimaging landscape will maximise reach and impact.
  2. Developing novel technologies and methodologies to unlock discovery research in particular areas of interest.
    Wellcome will also focus on enabling the development of novel tools and technology for bioimaging. We will deliver a two-phase directed funding call, launching in January 2024, with the aim of bringing together technology developers and users in collaborative frameworks to tackle some of the biggest methodological barriers currently holding up discovery research.
    The initial phase will identify novel teams with bold and ambitious technology development programmes. We will fund these for a short period (12-18 months) to allow them to collect proof-of-principle data and/or expand their collaborative team. Some of the most promising teams will then be scaled up to fully funded programmes.
    Having already invested in technologies imaging at the scale of atoms-cells, we will now focus on cells-tissues. This is where some of the most ambitious biological questions remain unanswered – in the fields of connectomics, cell atlasing and more broadly in the visualisation of dynamic and systems biology, for example. 

They will also be interested in novel methodologies aimed at analysing complex imaging datasets.

Wellcome: Unblocking barriers to progress in bioimaging


The Pandemic Sciences Institute (PSI) at the University of Oxford, the Science for Africa Foundation, and the Mastercard Foundation have released a call for applications to establish networks of epidemic and pandemic sciences research excellence across Africa.      

The Epidemic Science Leadership and Innovation Networks (EPSILONs) aim to nurture and promote world-class epidemic and pandemic sciences research and innovation in Africa.  

The networks will be led by an outstanding African investigator based at an African research institution and will bring together multiple organisations in a consortium for up to six years.

While interdisciplinary applications are strongly encouraged, EPSILONs will focus on one or more of the following thematic research areas:   

  • Vaccinology / early-stage vaccine R&D   
  • Virology, with a focus on how genetic changes affect key viral behaviours   
  • Clinical research and clinical trials on epidemic- and pandemic-prone infections   
  • Epidemic and pandemic public health policy research    
  • Climate change, biodiversity, and pandemic prevention   
  • Advanced data assembly and analytics for threat assessment and mitigation   
  • Social and behavioural sciences.    


Each consortium will be awarded core funding of up to USD $4 million.  

Apply to the Call for applications to establish networks of epidemic and pandemic sciences research excellence across Africa


The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation seeks to protect the environment, improve food production, and promote public health in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Middle East.

The Foundation supports projects and applied research that:

  • Generate local or regional solutions to problems affecting the quality of the environment and human life;
  • Advance local leadership and promote professional development in the conservation, agricultural, and health sciences;
  • Develop the capacity of local organizations and coalitions; and
  • Address challenges in the field.

The Foundation prefers to support projects that address under-funded issues and geographic areas.

The following are examples of the Foundation’s areas of interest within the fields of conservation, food, and health, and are not meant to be exclusive.


Conservation grants promote environmental conservation through field research, projects, and advocacy that:

  • Protect biodiversity and preserve natural resources.
  • Help mitigate the adverse effects of climate change.
  • Build the scientific and technical capacity of local conservation organizations and promote local, regional, and international partnerships.
  • Increase engagement between scientists, local communities and organizations, and decision-makers.
  • Partner with indigenous communities and local people.


Grants in the food and agriculture program area focus on research-based projects that build capacity for self-sufficiency and resilience to climate change, strengthen local food systems, and support healthy nutrition through projects that:

  • Enhance food security.
  • Develop and promote sustainable agricultural practices
  • Build the capacity of small-scale farmers.
  • Advance farmer research and research partnerships.
  • Develop environmentally sound and affordable approaches to control pests and diseases affecting important local food crops.
  • Promote indigenous food sovereignty and knowledge systems.
  • Address challenges of uptake and scalability through new methods of extension, education, and technology transfer.


The Foundation supports efforts that test new ideas and approaches that promote public health, with a special emphasis on reproductive health and family planning and their integration with other health promotion activities. It favors community-level disease prevention and health promotion projects and efforts that help strengthen regional and country public health systems over disease diagnosis, treatment, and care provided by clinics, hospitals, and humanitarian aid programs.
Activities that help increase capacity include applied research, program development, technical assistance, and training projects that:

  • Promote reproductive health and family planning.
  • Address issues related to mental and behavioral health.
  • Address issues relating to pollution and environmental health.
  • Increase the understanding of zoonotic and neglected tropical diseases.
  • Address issues relating to nutrition and health.


There is no minimum or maximum grant size. It is anticipated that most grants will fall in the $25,000-$50,000 per year range. 


The Foundation supports local, state, and regional organizations in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Middle East in the countries where the projects are based.  It also supports organizations located in upper-income countries working with local partners in these areas.  It does not support projects in post-Soviet states or Balkan states.

The Foundation will consider only one proposal from an organization in any calendar year.


Apply to The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation