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Pump-priming awards in global nutrition research and global mental health research

  • Date: 9 Jun 2017 00:00 - 23:59
  • Venue: BEIS conference Centre, 1 Victoria Street, SW1E 5ND

The MRC is pleased to announce two funding opportunities in global health research focused on the following two strategic areas:

  • Nutrition and global health research 
  • Global mental health research

These two initiatives are part of our suite of activities under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). The research supported through this funding opportunity will contribute to the UK’s commitment to research for the benefit of Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC; http://www.oecd.org/dac/stats/daclist.htm).

The purpose of these funding opportunities is to provide pump-priming funds later this year, that will lay the grounds for future large scale, multidisciplinary, cross-country global health research bids to address issues that are primarily relevant to LMICs. These funds provide an opportunity to define research questions, assess the viability of proposed approaches and the feasibility of collaborations with LMIC research institutions. It is expected that awardees will use preliminary data and established partnerships to inform more substantive research opportunities in 2018.

Workshop and information event 

As part of these funding opportunities and to help set research priorities, we will hold a joint one-day workshop and information event which will take place on the 9 June 2017 at BEIS conference Centre, 1 Victoria Street, SW1E 5ND.

The event will consist of:

  • Invited talks by global health researchers: “Case studies in global health research and challenges of working with LMICs” (please note there will be parallel sessions, one for nutrition and one for mental health).
  • Break-out groups and debate on the challenges and priorities in global health research (please note there will be parallel sessions, one for nutrition and one for mental health). 
  • Talks by MRC staff laying out the aims and expectations of the funding opportunities in the wider context of longer-term ODA investment plans.
  • Question and answer on details of the funding opportunities.
  • Networking opportunities.

A final agenda will be announced in due course.

How to register for the workshop

It is expected that participants are experts in their fields, and in a position to represent the wider interests of their host institutions and potentially lead on institutional applications. 

The “Global Nutrition and Health Research” workshop will be an opportunity to help funders shape the research agenda for this important field.

Applications for this workshop are open to researchers that are:

  • Nutrition experts with experience in working in LMICs or interested in expanding their research to LMIC settings 
  • Global health researchers aiming to venture into the nutrition research field or to collaborate with nutrition researchers 

The “Global Mental Health Research” workshop will have a particular focus on understanding the aetiology of healthy mental development and mental illness in a global context, and how challenges to early brain development affect mental illness and cognition. Applications are open to UK-based researchers with expertise in:

  • Global mental health research with an interest in expanding their research to include child and cognitive development, or  
  • Child and cognitive development (including family and education research), including the biological, social, cultural, or environmental factors that influence mental and cognitive development. 

If you are interested in attending the workshop please go to:
https://mentalhealth-nutritionworkshop.eventbrite.co.uk, enter the password: ”global2017”,  and complete the registration details. 

Workshop participants will be selected on the basis of expertise and experience ensuring a fair distribution amongst research organisations.

Workshop expressions of interest must be received by 5pm on 5 May 2017. Applicants will be informed of the outcome by mid-May. 


If you have any queries please contact globalhealth@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk.

Key dates

Workshop announcement  6 April 2017
Workshop registration deadline 5 May 2017
Workshop 9 June 2017
Funding call announcement  4 July 2017 (Call open)