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UKRI GCRF Health and Context call 2019 - outline applications

Escrito por NOGP/aip  em 9 de Janeiro de 2019

The UKRI GCRF Health and Context call is seeking proposals for interdisciplinary research addressing wider contextual factors contributing to the burden of infectious and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). These factors may include social, cultural, historical, and religious beliefs and practices, or wider biological, ecological and environmental factors. We want to fund consortia conducting ambitious research that:

  • goes beyond description to determine causal relationships between contextual influences and health
  • develops or tests feasible interventions that are sensitive to or mitigate contextual influences on health.

This call seeks interdisciplinary approaches that determine the impact of contextual factors on the health of the community and/or develop interventions that take account of or mitigate these influences. Successful projects will involve the input of a variety of stakeholders, which could include members of the community where the research is conducted. Proposals are encouraged to cut across disciplinary boundaries to fully understand contextual influences that can promote or obstruct improvements in health (such as water and sanitation, agricultural practices, habitation and urban planning, religion, education, and gender).

For this call, proposals must be led by an organisation eligible to receive funding from UKRI (See UKRI: Eligibility) or an equivalent eligible research organisation in a country on the OECD DAC recipient list (see organisational eligibility criteria in the scheme specific Guidance for Applicants). The lead organisation will be responsible for the overall management of the grant including control, disbursement and assurance of funds.

Via the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), UKRI will support impactful, three-year research projects of value between £1-2 million (at 80% FEC for UK costs, 100% FEC for overseas costs). This call is being led jointly by the Medical Research Council, Economic & Social Research Council, Arts & Humanities Research Council, Natural Environment Research Council, and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, and applications may fall within the remit of any of, or across, these councils.


Medical Research Council (MRC); Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC); Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC); Natural Environment Research Council (NERC); Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

Prazo de inscrição

terça-feira, 02 de Abril de 2019 às 11:59 (14 dias restantes)

Critérios de elegibilidade

Applications must demonstrate the research to be primarily relevant and directly linked to near-term or long-term benefits to the health or prosperity of LMIC.

Applications should articulate a clear and specific case for the relevance of the proposed research to the LMIC partners and provide evidence that the proposed plan of research is informed by the needs of LMIC partners.

Subject areas may comprise, but are not limited to:

  • contextual drivers of non-communicable or infectious disease risk (such as contaminated drinking water, agriculture and food production, hygiene, sexual behaviours, air pollution, work practices, wider land-use and environmental changes)
  • contextually driven barriers to management and treatment of infection/NCD, which may include altered diagnostic, vaccine or drug efficacy
  • feasible interventions that take account of or mitigate contextual drivers of increased rates of infection/NCD
  • identification and management of clusters of coexisting health conditions (multimorbidities) that are particularly prevalent in a particular community.

Successfully addressing the above challenges will require an understanding of:

  • the influence that society, history, culture, religion, and the environment might have on risk behaviours and care seeking behaviour, and culturally sensitive approaches to addressing these
  • community centred approaches to data collection and sharing to enable better management and prediction of infectious diseases and NCDs.

Given the scale of the awards and the need to demonstrate tangible impact, applicants are required to provide evidence of substantial, relevant preliminary work, existing relationships with stakeholders in the location where the project will take place, and existing partnerships with other named researchers. These existing partnerships may be added to by the proposed work to create a consortium of varied expertise.

Awards funded through this call will build and strengthen UK-LMIC partnerships and should incorporate research training and capacity building activities.

The research team can be drawn from any relevant academic discipline.

This call is open to UK-based PIs and applications directly from PIs at LMIC research organisations. For more information on eligible research organisations in the UK and LMICs please see the scheme specific Guidance for Applicants.

PIs may apply for research grant funding for a duration of up to three years. In accordance with the funders’ objective to support ambitious, impactful research, individual projects should cost no less that £1 million and no more than £2 million. Awards are required to start before 31 March 2020.

All co-investigators (co-Is) should be registered on the Je-S system and added to the online application. It is important that you do this so that reviewers can immediately see who is providing the scientific leadership for the proposed research. Please ensure your Je-S registrations are completed at least 10 working days in advance of the submission deadline as the accounts have to be manually processed before investigators can be included in the proposal. Registration is not an instant process and if you leave registration until the last week before the deadline it may not be possible for your co-investigators to be registered in time.

The Je-S form will cover the administrative and financial aspects of your application. For the outline application you are required to submit: Summary of resources required for project, case for support, publications, CV, covering letter. You will need to provide details of all researchers and staff on the award.


Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF); UK Official Development Assistance (ODA)


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