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Cambridge Global Challenges


The UK Department for International Development (DFID), the UK Medical Research Council (MRC), the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Wellcome are pleased to announce the launch of the ninth call for proposals under this initiative to fund global health trials.

The purpose of this scheme is to provide funding for the best proposals to generate new knowledge about interventions that will contribute to the improvement of health in low and middle income countries (LMICs).

The scheme will give priority to proposals that are likely to produce implementable results and that are designed to address the major causes of mortality or morbidity in (LMICs). For call 9, the joint funders would like to stress that applications must engage with the potential users of research for future implementation and impact for policy.

The scope of the scheme includes, but is not limited to:

  • prevention
  • behavioural interventions
  • psychological therapies
  • disease management
  • drugs
  • vaccines
  • hygiene
  • diagnostic strategies.

You can choose between two proposal types:

  • global health trial research grants
  • global health trial development grants.


This scheme is open to principal investigators who are employed by eligible institutions based in low or middle income countries where the research work will take place and to principal investigators who are employed by an eligible UK institution.

Level of funding

A total of up to £20 million is available. This is expected to fund several full trial awards. Up to £1 million of the total amount is expected to be spent on several trial development grants.

Special conditions

Full proposals are by invitation only (decision likely Dec 2018).


For further information about scope and application procedure please see the MRC website.

Cambridge Global Challenges is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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