DFID, Medical Research Council (MRC), The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Wellcome Trust (WT): Inviting applications for the funding theme-‘Providing evidence to strengthen health systems in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs)’.

Funding brief: The Department for International Development (DFID), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Wellcome Trust (WT) jointly fund the Health Systems Research Initiative. All funders are committed to funding world-class research with high potential for impact on policy and practice.

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. Following an excellent response to this programme from the research community, funding has now been secured for an annual call under this initiative until 2021.

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.

This is the fifth annual call for the Health Systems Research Initiative. Up to £6 million is available for funding proposals under this call. Innovative proposals are sought from across the public health, social and biomedical sciences and must clearly identify what health system challenge is being addressed. Proposals must situate this clearly-defined challenge within an understanding of the broader health system linkages and describe how and why findings from the project have the potential to improve the health of people living in low and middle-income countries. Funding is available for research only; we will not fund the routine delivery of health services.

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.

Please note that there is specific guidance for both the Research Grants and Foundation Grants. Please consult these documents to successfully develop your grant proposal and submit to the appropriate call

Research Grants: (Applications for research grants will be subject to a 2-stage review process. Only those successful at the outline stage will be invited to submit a full application and final funding decisions will be made in October 2018). 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: (Applications for foundation grants will be reviewed at the October 2018 panel meeting following which funding decisions will be announced). The duration of foundation grants is between 12-24 months, with a maximum budget of £200k each. The purpose of a foundation grant is either:
● To conduct preliminary studies needed before a full research grant proposal can be designed, this can include work to evaluate existing interventions or pilot and feasibility work to inform plans for future research.
● To explore possible health system innovations, under researched areas or creative approaches that have the potential to be developed further, however such proposals should also have practical applications and should not be purely conceptual.
● Recipients of Foundation Grants will not automatically progress to full-scale research projects after their grant has ended. They will be expected to apply for a full-scale research project through the standard competitive process.

Donor Name: The Department for International Development (DFID), Medical Research Council (MRC), The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Wellcome Trust (WT)
Funding name: Health Systems Research Initiative call 5

Deadline: Proposals must be submitted to Je-S by the call deadline:
● Outline Grants: Tuesday, 30th, January, 2018
● Foundation Grants: Tuesday, 5th, June, 2018 at 16:00 GMT+1

Funding details link: https://mrc.ukri.org/funding/browse/hsri-5/health-systems-research-initiative-call-5/

Funding limit:
● 
Research Grants: £4m available for Research Grants under this call. Funders would like to fund 5-10 projects.
● Foundation Grants: The maximum budget of £200k each.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not found

Project duration:
● Research Grants: The duration of a research grant is usually up to 3 years, with a maximum duration of 5 years. £4m available for Research Grants under this call.
● Foundation Grants: The duration of foundation grants is between 12-24 months.

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
● This programme allows academics from developing and developed countries to work together in partnerships that build on existing relationships or represent the development of a new collaborative relationship.
● The intellectual challenge should be the determining factor when configuring appropriate partnerships and collaborations. Proposals must demonstrate meaningful quality collaborations or partnerships, demonstrated through clear leadership roles across the proposed partnership, and balance and proportionality in partners’ roles, responsibilities and costs.

Principal Investigators: This call differs from the standard MRC rules as for this call Principal Investigators can be based either in the UK (as per usual MRC rules) or in a low- or middle-income country (LMIC).

The PI’s are responsible for the intellectual leadership of the research project and for the overall management of the research. The PI will be the funding agencies’ main contact for the proposal. This programme allows academics from developing and developed countries to work together in partnerships that build on existing relationships or represent the development of a new collaborative relationship.

The intellectual challenge should be the determining factor when configuring appropriate partnerships and collaborations. Proposals must demonstrate meaningful quality collaborations or partnerships, demonstrated through clear leadership roles across the proposed partnership, and balance and proportionality in partners’ roles, responsibilities and costs.

Principal Investigators : This call differs from the standard MRC rules as for this call Principal Investigators can be based either in the UK (as per usual MRC rules) or in a low- or middle-income country (LMIC).

The PI’s are responsible for the intellectual leadership of the research project and for the overall management of the research. The PI will be the funding agencies’ main contact for the proposal.

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. Funding is not dependent on the involvement of a UK-based research organization. Applicants without experience of UK funding are encouraged to seek mentorship or guidance on grant writing from colleagues with experience of winning UK funding.

For administrative purposes when completing the Je-S form, you will only be able to list one PI. While there is formally only one PI, you can make it clear in your Case for Support that the scientific leadership is shared and that in this respect, the applicants listed are co-principle investigators.

It is not permitted for the same person to be Principal Investigator on any more than two proposals submitted to this call.

Co-Investigators (Co-Is) : The PI’s may be supported by a number of Co-I’s named on the application. A Co-I assists the PI in the management and leadership of the research project. All UK and International PI’s and Co-I’s must have verified Je-S Accounts and must be added to the Je-S form under “Co-Investigator”. Please see section 6 ‘creating a Je-S account’ for information on how to add an organization on Je-S.

Eligible Country: Priority will be given to research that benefits the most vulnerable populations and/or those in poorly resourced settings. Whilst the funders recognize that many of the world’s poor live in middle-income countries, it is a specific objective of this programme to increase the body of research that is specifically relevant to low-income countries, whether through research in those countries or the ability to demonstrate the relevance of experience from middle income countries to low income countries. Applicants must illustrate how the proposed study will strengthen local LMIC health systems.

The funders aim for a significant majority of research projects within the portfolio to focus on low-income countries. For a full list of the countries that fall under the categories of low and middle income countries please refer to the OECD DAC list of ODA recipients opens in new window. Research teams should include, or be led by, LMIC researchers while research questions and budgets should also reflect a focus on local contexts.

All countries of focus need to be adequately justified and a local need identified. The relevance of all countries involved in any multi-country study must also be justified.

Afghanistan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Armenia, Albania, Angola, Kenya, Bolivia, Algeria, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Cabo Verde, Antigua and Barbuda, Benin, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Argentina, Bhutan, Congo, Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Belarus, Burundi, Egypt, Belize, Cambodia, El Salvador, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Central African Republic, Georgia, Botswana, Chad, Ghana, Brazil, Comoros, Guatemala, Chile, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guyana, China (People’s Republic of), Djibouti, Honduras, Colombia, Equatorial Guinea, India, Cook Islands, Eritrea, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Kosovo, Cuba, Gambia, Kyrgyzstan, Dominica, Guinea, Micronesia, Dominican Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Moldova, Ecuador, Haiti, Mongolia, Fiji, Kiribati, Morocco, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Nicaragua, Gabon, Lesotho, Nigeria, Grenada, Liberia, Pakistan, Iran, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, Iraq, Malawi, Paraguay, Jamaica, Mali, Philippines, Jordan, Mauritania, Samoa, Kazakhstan, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Myanmar, Swaziland, Libya, Nepal, Syrian Arab Republic, Malaysia, Niger, Tokelau, Maldives, Rwanda, Ukraine, Marshall Islands, Sao Tome and Principe, Uzbekistan, Mauritius, Senegal, Viet Nam, Mexico, Sierra Leone, West Bank and Gaza Strip, Montenegro, Solomon Islands, Montserrat, Somalia, Namibia, South Sudan, Nauru, Sudan, Niue, Tanzania, Palau, Timor-Leste, Panama, Togo, Peru, Tuvalu, Saint Helena, Uganda, Saint Lucia, Vanuatu, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Yemen, Serbia, Zambia, Seychelles, South Africa, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uruguay, Venezuela, Wallis and Futuna, United Kingdom.

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Apply: https://je-s.rcuk.ac.uk/jes2webloginsite/login.aspx
● Je-S Hand book: https://je-s.rcuk.ac.uk/Handbook/Index.htm#pages/JeSHelpdesk.htm
● DAC List of ODA Recipients: http://www.oecd.org/dac/stats/documentupload/DAC_List_ODA_Recipients2014to2017_flows_En.pdf

How to apply: Proposals can only be accepted by electronic submission through the Je-S system (https://je-s.rcuk.ac.uk/jes2webloginsite/login.aspx) opens in new window.


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