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Launch of the joint MRC and AHRC global public health initiative call

MRC/AHRC GCRF Global Public Health Partnership Awards

MRC/AHRC GCRF Global Public Health Partnership Awards

MRC/AHRC GCRF Global Public Health Partnership Awards

1 March 2017

The Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) have now launched their joint global public health initiative call.


This Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) call seeks to bring together expertise in medical science and health interventions in developing countries, with an understanding of local knowledge, cultural dynamics, community engagement and trust.

This call is part of two consecutive partnership award calls that will run in 2017 with the second opening in Autumn 2017.

The aim of the call is to generate reciprocal benefits through integrating understanding of cultures and histories into medical and public health challenges in a global context and to equip the next generation of researchers to work collaboratively and blend scientific, cultural and policy research.

A guidance document is available for potential applicants and the JeS forms will be available from 27 March 2017.


8 June 2017, 4pm via JeS


Proposals under this call must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be highly inter-disciplinary bringing together significant insights and UK research expertise from both the arts/ humanities and the medical/ health sciences. The added value from the inter-disciplinary approach should be clearly explained in the proposal.
  • Be internationally collaborative involving researchers, practitioners, communities, patients, and/or other non-academic partners in one or more low or middle income country.
  • Focus on global public health issues in LMICs with the potential to benefit the health of people in LMICs (Meeting the requirements for ODA compliance).

Activities under this initiative should aim to lay the foundations of networks and researcher relationships between expertise in the medical sciences and the arts and humanities internationally.

Teams should include an appropriate mix of arts and humanities research and medical science expertise.

Further information on the eligible activities can be found on the call website.

Proposals must be primarily focused on addressing public health issues of people in low or middle income countries on the OECD DAC list of ODA-recipient countries.

Funding available

The funding available for each call from MRC and AHRC is £2million in total. The duration of these grants should be between 18-24 months. The funding requested should be commensurate with the activities intended for these projects, but as they are not intended to fund pure research or basic science, the main costs for these are likely to be staff wages and travel costs.

Costs of up to £200,000 fEC could be appropriate, although the scale of the awards will be flexible to meet the needs of the research.

Funding for PhD studentships is not eligible under this call.

Networking and information event

To support networking and discuss the objectives of this activity, the AHRC and MRC will be holding the first all-day networking and information event in central London on 12 April 2017.

The deadline for registering for the workshop is 10 March. Further details of the event and how to apply for a place can be found on the MRC website.


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