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Board Strategy

Official Development Assistance (ODA) update

Please note that MRC’s Applied Global Health Research Board has temporarily been suspended. Please refer to ODA review for further information.


The MRC’s high-level strategic direction is summarised in its Strategic Delivery Plan. The Applied Global Health Research Board enables MRC to deliver against its commitment to global health research outlined on page 28 of this Plan by:

  • Providing regular, researcher-led opportunities for UK and LMIC researchers in applied global health research (to complement those already available through existing Boards and Panels);
  • Extending MRC’s global health portfolio to better reflect the range of health threats facing low and middle income country (LMIC) populations, as contextualised within the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly those requiring the involvement of multiple actors across different sectors;
  • Providing support for global health research capacity building activities;
  • Recognising that global health innovation in LMIC contexts often requires closer links between the development of new knowledge and its implementation.

Equitable partnerships are central to the Board strategy, and informed by the UK Collaborative on Development Research ‘Building Partnerships of Equals’ report. Where UK-based researchers are leading applications, proposals must demonstrate scientific leadership and intellectual contribution from LMIC investigators with a clear plan for sustaining partnerships beyond the duration of the award.

To deliver against its areas of strategic focus listed below, the Board is seeking to develop its portfolio of investigator-led awards through Board opportunities, more detail on which can be found under the Board opportunities heading on the Our science and contacts page.