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Fourth call for research to improve adolescent health in low and middle income countries

Please note: This is a pre-call announcement. Global Adolescent Health funding call 2019 for outline proposals is due to be launched on 29 May 2019. This page will be updated with more details on this date. 

A fourth call is due to be launched on 29 May 2019 to fund research grants to improve adolescent health in low and middle income countries (LMICs).

This call aims to fund world-class and cutting edge applied research that addresses the health needs of adolescent populations in LMICs. It is currently expected that at least £4 million will be made available for this call.

This call will be open to and particularly encourage applications from principal investigators (PI) based at organisations in LMICs as well as from eligible research organisations based in the UK.

There will be a two-stage application process, initially inviting researchers to submit outline proposals to be considered by a review panel. The call for outline proposals will open on 29 May 2019 when specific guidance will be provided. Outline proposals must be submitted via the Je-S System by the call deadline: 16:00 GMT+1 Tuesday 16 July 2019.

Awards will build and strengthen research partnerships and promote capacity building in global adolescent health research. Interdisciplinary proposals will be particularly encouraged that address the most pressing health needs of adolescents in LMICs.

Funding for this call forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment. Applications must demonstrate the research to be primarily relevant and directly linked to near-term benefits to the health and economic development of LMICs. Applications should articulate a clear and specific case for the relevance of the proposed research to the LMIC and identify and provide evidence that the proposed plan of research is informed by the needs of the LMIC.

Information about previous global adolescent health funding can be found on the adolescent health page.

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Target population

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Areas of particular research interest are currently being explored and will be detailed in the full call launch.

Funding available

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Eligible research activities

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Capacity building

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Key dates

Applications will be accepted through the research council’s Joint Electronic Submission System (Je-S). The proposed timeline for applications will be as follows:

Stage Date

Je-S System opens for submission of outline applications

29 May 2019

Deadline for outline submission 

16 July 2019
16:00 GMT+1

Outline panel meeting

September 2019

Je-S System opens for submission of full applications

September 2019

Deadline for full submission

October 2019

External peer review

November 2019-January 2020

PI response to peer review

February 2020

Full stage panel meeting

March 2020


Please note that submission of the same proposal to more than one MRC scheme will not be permitted.

How to apply

Details to follow.

Application guidance

Scheme specific application guidance will be published when this call launches on 29 May 2019.

Contact details

Applicants are welcome to contact MRC Head Office for further information:

  • Dr Caroline Harris, MRC Programme Manager

  • Donna Trueman, MRC International Strategy Support Officer
+44 (0) 179 341 6395