MRC/AHRC GCRF Global Public Health Partnership Awards
8 February 2017
The Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) have announced they are soon to launch a co-design global public health initiative. The forthcoming 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.
The overarching driver of this proposed partnership building activity is to build inter-disciplinary research capacity and capability in both the UK and developing countries, jointly and collaboratively, and across career stages. The joint funders aim to generate reciprocal benefits through integrating the understanding of cultures, beliefs and histories into medical and public health challenges in a global context, and to equip the next generation of researchers to work collaboratively, blending biomedical and humanities research with potential for impact in policy and practice around the world.
In order not to limit the potential for inter-disciplinary innovation under this activity, the call is open to proposals addressing any global public health issue affecting low and middle income countries (LMICs).
The MRC and AHRC plan to launch two consecutive partnership award calls in 2017. The first will run from February with a deadline in May, with funding decisions made in the summer. The second will run from September with a deadline in December, with funding decisions made in March 2018. A networking workshop will be hosted during both calls to facilitate the development of new partnerships between the AHRC and MRC communities, and to provide briefing on the objectives of the call.
Further information about the call will be announced on the AHRC and MRC websites in due course.
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.
Further information on the relevant themes that could be considered within the call and details of the event and how to apply for a place are available on the MRC website.