Deadline: July 28, 2022
Apply for funding to support research that will benefit the health of vulnerable global populations. They particularly welcome cross-sector research that combines expertise to meet a global health challenge with a health-focused aim. They encourage applications from principal investigators based on the:
- Global South
- the UK and working in partnership with Global South investigators.
They will accept proposals of all sizes, including large research projects of approximately £1 million and small to medium-scale applications
You can apply for this opportunity if you are a researcher based at an eligible research organization. These include:
- higher education institutions
- UKRI-approved independent research organisations or NHS bodies
- government-funded organisations
- public sector research establishments
- MRC institutes
- MRC units and partnership institutes (including those in Gambia and Uganda)
- institutes and units funded by other research councils
- universities or higher education institutions based in low and middle- income countries (LMICs) with degree-awarding powers recognised by the government in which the organisation is based
- research focused institutes based in LMICs either funded by the government of the country in which the organisation is based or by a not-for-profit organisation
- research focused not-for-profit organisations based in LMICs with dedicated research capacity.
For more details on institutional and individual eligibility, please see the MRC guidance for applicants and UKRI eligibility requirements. MRC particularly encourages applications from overseas researchers based in LMICs, as well as researchers who are eligible to apply for MRC funding and working in equitable partnership with LMIC researchers. The board recognises that applied global health research requires the involvement of a diverse range of collaborating organisations in order to affect sustainable change. As such, applications involving a not-for-profit organisation based in an LMIC will be eligible to be named co-investigators. This can include grass-roots organisations and community groups.
Researchers not eligible to apply
If you are a researcher based in China or India, you are no longer eligible to be a principal investigator. However, you are welcome to apply as a co-investigator, with an eligible research organisation as the lead. It is expected that researchers from China, India and any high-income countries (HICs) make a significant contribution to their own research costs, including covering their own overheads.
Limit on the number of proposals
You must not be included as principal investigator on more than two proposals at any one time. You may support others as a co-investigator, as long as you have the capacity to do so without detriment to the project you are leading. You must have a graduate degree, although they expect most applicants to have a PhD.
Diversity and collaboration
They recognise the diversity of skills necessary for a successful research team, and encourage proposals to recognise the contribution of technical professionals. This includes through the use of researcher co-investigator status, as appropriate. They welcome collaboration with industry, which should be managed through the MRC industry collaboration agreement (MICA).
They will accept proposals of all sizes, including large research projects of approximately £1 million and small to medium-scale applications.
- You must apply using the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system and follow the below guidance before accessing Je-S.
- If you are a UK lead applicant, follow the UK researchers Je-S guidance section.
- If you are an LMIC researcher who is leading an outline application, follow the LMIC based lead overseas researchers section.
- If you are an investigator or researcher based within an LMIC research organisation not currently registered on Je-S, follow the self registration process section.
LMIC based lead overseas researchers
Overseas researchers that are based at an LMIC, and leading an application, should firstly download the list of Je-S registered organisations to check if their lead LMIC organisation has previously been awarded UKRI funding. If you find your lead LMIC organisation within the list of Je-S registered organisations, it is important to contact the submitter pool members of your organisation as soon as possible. This is to discuss arrangements to ensure the timely Je-S submission of your application. The final submission must be completed before the advertised closing date of this outline opportunity, and must be made by a member of your organisation’s electronic submitter pool. Further information on how to view submitter pool members details within Je-S is available within the supplementary guidance for outline submissions to the applied global health research board (PDF, 580KB).
Self registration process
If your LMIC research organisation has not previously received UKRI funding, whether you are a principal or co-investigator within an application, you are required to submit directly to MRC through Je-S. You must navigate to the Je-S login page and select the option ‘self-registration for organisations’ to add your LMIC organisation to the Je-S database.
Je-S account process for overseas researchers
Following the completion of the self-registration process, any overseas researchers without Je-S accounts should follow the create Je-S account application process as soon as possible. You should do this by navigating to the Je-S home page or by selecting ‘create an account’. Each researcher should ensure they create the correct Je-S account type, by selecting the option (check box), adjacent to the description ‘an Applicant on a Standard or Outline Proposal (Principal/Co/Researcher Co–Investigator)’. Once completed, create the Je-S application.
UK researchers Je-S guidance
You are advised to liaise with your organisation’s research office as soon as possible, to discuss your intended application. This early discussion will allow your host organisation to plan your application submission and ensure you complete your application in a timely fashion. This allows your organisation adequate time to complete necessary application checks before they complete the final submission to MRC through Je-S. If you are a researcher based in the UK or at an overseas MRC Unit who has not created a Je-S account, navigate to the Je-S home page and select ‘create an account’. If you have already created a Je-S account, but have forgotten your account username or password, you can retrieve a hint to your password and confirmation of your Je-S account username. If you already have a Je-S account, ensure you have the correct level of Je-S account required to be included as an investigator (within the Je-S proposal). If your organisation is eligible to apply for UKRI funding (for example, NHS Trust), but the organisation has not yet completed the UKRI eligibility process, you can still apply for this funding opportunity. You must follow the self-registration process as indicated above.
Creating the correct Je-S application (applies to all applicants)
They recommend you start your application as soon as possible, following the opening of the funding opportunity. You can save completed details in Je-S at any time and return to continue your application later. As stated in the MRC guidance for applicants, it is your responsibility to ensure you apply to the correct funding opportunity, board or type of grant and that your application is submitted before the published funding opportunity closing date and time.