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MRC strategic GCRF awards

Visit our application deadlines page to find out about the latest GCRF opportunities.

GCRF Foundation Awards

Infections: £11 million, 21 awards

Non-communicable diseases: £11 million, 20 awards

The 2016 Foundation Awards were flexible, moderately sized, short to medium-term investments targeting research questions of relevance to existing or future LMIC health needs.

This included:

  • early-phase discovery and translation research
  • extension of existing research to global settings
  • population studies, sample/data collection
  • novel research tools and techniques
  • development of collaborations, partnerships and teams.

The scheme enabled researchers to lay the foundations for future large-scale funding applications that would ensure the sustainability of the project outputs.

Grant reference

Grant holder

Research organisation

Project title

MR/P023754/1

Paul Elkington

University of Southampton

Bioengineering to combat the tuberculosis pandemic

MR/P023843/1

David Mabey

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Studies towards infectious disease elimination on the Bijagos Archipelago of Guinea Bissau

MR/P024084/1

Michael Begon

University of Liverpool

Optimal control strategies for rodent-borne zoonoses in Brazilian slum settlements

MR/P024270/1

Beate Kampmann

MRC Unit, The Gambia

Evaluating novel diagnostics and enabling preventive measures for childhood tuberculosis between the UK and partners in Sub-Saharan Africa

MR/P024335/1

Bethan Purse

NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

Optimising forest benefits whilst minimising impacts of emerging zoonotic diseases: co-developing an interdisciplinary tool for forests in India

MR/P024378/1

Rachel McKendry

University College London

m-Africa: Building mobile phone-connected diagnostics and online care pathways to support HIV prevention and management in decentralised settings.

MR/P024416/1

Julian Griffin

University of Cambridge

Identification of specific metabolites in mycolactone producing mycobacteria and Buruli ulcer infection: diagnostic biomarkers through metabolomic

MR/P024483/1

Jeremy Mottram

University of York

Assessing treatment with miltefosine as an intervention strategy for visceral leishmaniasis in Brazil

MR/P024548/1

Adrian Martineau

Queen Mary, University of London

Evaluation of a novel microbiological diagnostic test for latent tuberculosis infection in Ethiopia (Micro-LTBI)

MR/P024661/1

Paul Kaye

University of York

Towards a global research network for the molecular pathological stratification of leishmaniasis.

MR/P024920/1

James Wright

University of Southampton

Drinking-water under a "One Health" lens: quantifying microbial contamination pathways between livestock and drinking-water

MR/P025064/1

Graham Cooke

Imperial College London

SEARCH: SouthEast Asian Research Collaborative in Hepatitis

MR/P02520X/1

Martin James Donnelly

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Using spatial statistics and genomics to develop epidemiologically relevant definitions of insecticide resistance in African Malaria Vectors

MR/P025226/1

James Wood

University of Cambridge

The Dynamics of Filovirus Infection in bats in Ghana

MR/P025285/1

Lisa Reimer

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

A vector excreta surveillance system (VESS) to support the rapid detection of vector-borne diseases

MR/P025307/1

Benjamin Makepeace

University of Liverpool

Rapid diagnosis of onchocerciasis using urinary biomarkers

MR/P025404/1

Gabriella Gibson

University of Greenwich

Human Decoy Trap; operational and social acceptability of novel tool to improve surveillance and control of mosquitoes and other disease vectors

MR/P025447/1

Poppy Lamberton

University of Glasgow

Cultural, social and economic influences on ongoing Schistosoma mansoni transmission, despite a decade of mass treatment, and the potential for change

MR/P025471/1

Rupert Quinnell

University of Leeds

Developing a strategy for cysticercosis control in Rwanda, to reduce the burden of epilepsy

MR/P025501/1

Heather Ferguson

University of Glasgow

Development of a new tool for malaria mosquito surveillance to improve vector control

MR/P02551X/1

Javier Guitian

Royal Veterinary College

A one health approach to the investigation and control of MERS-CoV among camel and human populations in Jordan as a potential model for the region

GCRF Non-Communicable Diseases

Grant reference

Grant holder

Research organisation

Project title

MR/P022006/1

Kevin Mortimer

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Lung health in Africa across the life course

MR/P023851/1

Amelia Crampin

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Understanding non-communicable diseases (NCD) and the role of infection in Africa: building a partnership to generate big data

MR/P02386X/1

Neil Pearce

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown cause (CKDu) in disadvantaged communities in low-and-middle income countries (LMICs)

MR/P023894/1

Bhismadev Chakrabarti

University of Reading

Development & validation of a scalable mobile platform for screening of developmental neuropsychiatric disorders in low-resource settings

MR/P024033/1

Paul Kelly

Queen Mary, University of London

Novel therapeutic approaches to malnutrition enteropathy

MR/P024114/1

Monica Lakhanpaul

University College London

Integrated Health, education and environmental (HEE) intervention to optimise infant feeding practices through schools and Anganwadi networks in India

MR/P024297/1

Moin Saleem

University of Bristol

Trans-national cohorts of nephrotic syndrome - a unified approach to a global chronic disease

MR/P024351/1

Christian Ottensmeier

University of Southampton

MICA: Immunotherapy for oral cancer prevention and treatment

MR/P024408/1

James Woodcock

University of Cambridge

Towards an Integrated Global Transport and Health Assessment Tool (TIGTHAT)

MR/P024513/1

David Lalloo

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Health in a changing climate: the dynamic challenge of snake bite in South Asia

MR/P024696/1

Kim Graham

Cardiff University

Developing low-cost cognitive tools for dementia assessment in low-to-middle income countries (LMICs)

MR/P024718/1

Helen Elsey

University of Leeds

Surveys for Urban Equity: getting, and using, the data needed to respond to neglected non-communicable diseases in urban areas in LMICs

MR/P025080/1

Zhengming Chen

University of Oxford

Assessing health risks associated with exposure to household and ambient air pollution in rural and urban China

MR/P025102/1

Gene Feder

University of Bristol

Improving the primary health care response to violence against women in low and middle income countries

MR/P025153/1

Michelle Holdsworth

University of Sheffield

Dietary transitions in African cities: leveraging evidence for interventions and policy to prevent diet-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs)

MR/P025188/1

Sarah Hawkes

University College London

Analysing the policy and governance environment for NCD control, and identifying potential policy options.

MR/P025250/1

Nigel Unwin

University of Cambridge

Developing theory and methods for evaluating the impact of community food initiatives on NCD risk, social and economic wellbeing and the environment.

MR/P025420/1

Richard Sullivan

King's College London

Comparison of traditional vs. virtual simulation-enhanced training for scaling the cervical cancer surgery workforce in Zambia

MR/P025463/1

Bernard Keavney

The University of Manchester

A North-South Partnership in Congenital Heart Disease (CHD)

MR/P02548X/1

Melanie Davies

University of Leicester

EXTending availability of self-management structured EducatioN programmes for people with type 2 Diabetes in low-to-middle income countries (EXTEND)

GCRF Call in Networks for Vaccine R&D

£5 million, five awards

With co-funding from BBSRC, the aim was to support a small number of multidisciplinary networks, foster collaboration, facilitate wider cross-disciplinary integrative participation (including biological, medical, engineering and physical sciences, environmental and social science research (where appropriate)) and build capability which together contributed to and underpinned the development of novel approaches in vaccines R&D.

Grant reference

Grant holder

Research organisation

Project title

MR/R005850/1

Helen McShane

University of Oxford

VAccine deveLopment for complex Intracellular neglecteD pAThogEns (VALIDATE)

MR/R005958/1

Tim Connelley

University of Edinburgh

International Veterinary Vaccinology Network

MR/R005974/1

Calman MacLennan

University of Birmingham

BactiVac

MR/R005982/1

Peter Openshaw

Imperial College London

Human infection challenge vaccine (HIC-vac) network

MR/R005990/1

Beate Kampmann

Imperial College London

IMPRINT: IMmunising PRegnant women and INfants neTwork

MRC-AHRC Global Public Health

£2 million, 14 awards

The aim of this activity was to build interdisciplinary research capability and to support research innovation across the MRC and AHRC communities, building and strengthening UK and international research collaboration and partnerships for global public health benefit.

Grant reference

Grant holder

Research organisation

Project title

MR/R024448/1

Cindy M Gray

University of Glasgow

Culture and bodies: an interdisciplinary approach to non-communicable disease prevention in Malawi and Tanzania

MR/R024278/1

Marie Claire Van Hout

Liverpool John Moores University

Promoting sexual health and accessible HIV Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support services for women prisoners in Zimbabwe and Malawi.

MR/R024286/1

Jenevieve Mannell

University College London

Exploring Narrative Storytelling as Mental Health Support for Women Experiencing Gender-based Violence in High Prevalence Settings

MR/R024324/1

Cornelia Guell

University of Exeter

Historical and epidemiological transitions in urban Caribbean foodscapes: understanding the past to enhance future healthy eating

MR/R024405/1

DK Arvind

University of Edinburgh

Public Health Initiative on LMIC Air Pollution (PHILAP)

MR/R024480/1

Nervo Xavier Verdezoto Dias

University of Leicester

Healthy Crossroads in Pregnancy Care (HCPC) - A Scoping and Participatory Design Study of the Potential for ICTs to Improve Maternal Health in India

MR/R024502/1

Shane Declan Doyle

University of Leeds

Maternal Mortality in East Africa

MR/R024510/1

Andrew Shennan

King's College London

The HAPPEE Partnership Project (Humanities and Arts in Preventing Pre-eclampsia complications through community Engagement and Education)

MR/R024553/1

Evelyn Lynne Lohfeld-Uzunoz

Queen's University of Belfast

Documenting how the arts and storytelling can save lives: The Viet Nam Breast Cancer project

MR/R024596/1

Alan Robert Smyth

University of Nottingham

Women's empowerment and child health: exploring the impact of Rojiroti Microfinance in poor communities in Bihar, Northern India

MR/R024618/1

Lauren Marion Stewart

Goldsmiths College

Developing a Community Singing-Based Intervention for Perinatal Mental Health in The Gambia

MR/R024693/1

Merlin Willcox

University of Southampton

Family Planning: Fact or Fiction?

MR/R024723/1

Sally Haw

University of Stirling

Right to Health in Prison

MR/R024731/1

Edward Duncan

University of Stirling

The RTrT Partnership: Reducing Traffic-related TraumA - A community-based prevention and first-response programme intervention for Malawi and beyond.

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Confidence in Global Mental Health Research

£2 million, 10 awards

The purpose of this call was to provide institutional “pump-priming” funds that would lay the grounds for future large scale, multidisciplinary, cross-country global mental health research bids to address issues of primary relevance to LMIC.

Grant reference

Grant holder

Research organisation

Project title

MR/R019541/1

Alison Murray

University of Aberdeen

Early-life origins of brain resilience to mental illness and cognitive impairment across the life-course

MR/R018448/1

Athula Sumathipala

Keele University

Establishing a child and adolescent twin register for research and capacity building on the aetiology of mental illness in Sri Lanka and other LMIC

MR/R018529/1

Mark Johnson

Birkbeck College

MICA: BRAINTOOLS Phase 1: Optimising neurodevelopmental outcomes for global health

MR/R018677/1

Glyn Lewis

University College London

Community violence and adolescent mental health in Brazil

MR/R01910X/1

Andrew McIntosh

University of Edinburgh

A Network for Studying Psychological Resilience in Low and Middle-Income Countries (NESP)

MR/R019460/1

Helen Fisher

King's College London

Identifying Depression Early in Adolescence (IDEA) King's-Brazil-Nepal-Nigeria network

MR/R019606/1

Charles Richard Newton

University of Oxford

The influence of Executive Function on Mental Health in vulnerable adolescents: a multi-site low and middle income country approach

MR/R019622/1

Marcus Munafo

University of Bristol

Confidence in Global Mental Health Research

MR/R019797/1

Pui-Ying Iroh Tam

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Neurodevelopmental disorders in LMIC settings - creation of a network and analysis of diagnostic abilities of tools to identify children early.

MR/R019991/1

Jonathan Burns

University of Exeter

GCRF: Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences Springboard (TrACES)

MRC Confidence in Global Nutrition and Health Research

£2 million, 11 awards

The purpose of this call was to provide institutional “pump-priming” funds to lay the grounds for future large scale, multidisciplinary, cross-country global nutrition and health research bids addressing issues of primary relevance to LMIC.

Grant reference

Grant holder

Research organisation

Project title

MR/R018545/1

Caroline Fall

MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit

Collaborative network for adolescent nutrition and health in sub-Saharan Africa and India

MR/R019118/1

John McLaughlin

The University of Manchester

ManGO: Manchester Global Omics Initiative for Nutritional Health

MR/R019177/1

Sophie Moore

King's College London

Creating an open access knowledge hub of nutritional biomarkers for use in global health settings

MR/R019258/1

Gary Frost

Imperial College London

The Role of Nutrients, Gut Dysfunction and the Gut Microbiome in Determining Health Outcomes in Undernutrition

MR/R019428/1

Jason Gill

University of Glasgow

Development of nutritional strategies for diabetes prevention in Malawian adults at high diabetes risk

MR/R019436/1

Andrew Prendergast

Queen Mary University of London

Interdisciplinary interventions for stunting and wasting in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Pakistan

MR/R019576/1

Paul Finglas

Quadram Institute Bioscience

Capacity building in dietary monitoring and public health nutrition in the Eastern Mediterranean Region Countries

MR/R019657/1

Paula Griffiths

Loughborough University

UK-Africa network to improve the nutrition of infants and young children living in poverty (NINO LIP) in urbanising sub-Saharan African countries

MR/R019789/1

Stephen Allen

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Improving the survival, growth and developmental of low birth weight newborns through better nutrition

MR/R020183/1

Andrew Prentice

MRC Unit, The Gambia

Creating a West African BioResource for Nutritional Genetics and Epigenetics

MR/R020221/1

Angus Hunter

University of Stirling

Protein deficiency, sarcopenia and cardiometabolic risk in older urban black Cape Town populations: feasibility studies

AMR in a Global Context (PDF, 148KB)

Development awards

£796,000, 10 awards

Consortia awards

£12 million, four awards

This call, which the MRC administered on behalf of the partnership, had two stages, an obligatory developmental phase to provide seed funding followed by a consortia phase.

The call aimed to support three to four interdisciplinary research consortia taking a whole systems approach to identify the burden and primary drivers of AMR and specifically antibacterial resistance (ABR) in low and middle income countries (LMIC).

Grant reference

Grant holder

Research organisation

Project title

MR/R014876/1

Alistair Boxall

University of York

DRIVERS OF HUMAN EXPOSURE TO ANTIBACTERIAL RESISTANCE IN THE SRI LANKAN ENVIRONMENT

MR/R014914/1

Richard Sullivan

King's College London

"Iraqibacter": Exploring the Links Between War and Antimicrobial Resistance

MR/R014922/1

Matthew Beardsall Avison

University of Bristol

One Health Drivers of Antibacterial Resistance in Thailand

MR/R015031/1

Mathew Holden

University of St Andrews

Holistic Approach Towards Unravelling Antibiotic Resistance in East Africa

MR/R015058/1

Christopher Quince

University of Warwick

Novel inter-disciplinary approaches for identifying and tackling the spread of AntiMicrobial Resistance through Environmental pathways in PAKistan

MR/R015066/1

Ruth Nicolet Zadoks

University of Glasgow

Supporting the National Action Plan on AMR in Tanzania (SNAP-AMR)

MR/R015074/1

Nicholas Alexander Feasey

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

How do human and bacterial behaviour interact in urban and rural African environments to facilitate the stable acquisition of antimicrobial resistance

MR/R015090/1

Eric Maurice Fevre

University of Liverpool

Partnership for a cross-disciplinary approach to the ecology of antimicrobial drug resistance in Kenya

MR/R015104/1

Javier Guitian

Royal Veterinary College

Towards controlling antimicrobial resistance in global aquatic animal food systems by enhancing collective resilience (AMFORA)

MR/R015147/1

John Walley

University of Leeds

Containing antimicrobial resistance in rural Cambodia: a one-health multi-disciplinary intervention to improve village healthcare and farming practice

MR/S004815/1

Ruth Nicolet Zadoks

University of Glasgow

Supporting the National Action Plan for Antimicrobial Resistance (SNAP-AMR) in Tanzania

MR/S004769/1

Matthew Beardsall Avison

University of Bristol

One Health Drivers of Antibacterial Resistance in Thailand

MR/S004785/1

Matthew Holden

University of St Andrews

Holistic Approach To Unravel Antibacterial resistance in East Africa (HATUA)

MR/S004793/1

Nicholas Alexander Feasey

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Drivers of Resistance in Uganda and Malawi: The DRUM Consortium

GCRF Antimicrobial Target Discovery and Validation

£4 million, three awards

To complement the wide range of research supported by the MRC, including through the Cross-Council AMR Initiative, and build on the UK’s excellent discovery bacteriology research. Supported multidisciplinary networks/collaborations to develop innovative approaches to accelerate the antimicrobial pipeline, with a focus on LMIC.

Grant reference

Grant holder

Research organisation

Project title

MR/S00467X/1

Giancarlo Augusto Biagini

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

MICA: New combination therapy against MDR TB targeting the respiratory chain

MR/S004394/1

Jeremy Stuart Brown

University College London

Adjunct antibody therapy for severe antibiotic-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii infections

MR/S004688/1

Peter Monk

University of Sheffield

Adhesion to host cell membrane microdomains in cornea as an antimicrobial target to prevent corneal ulceration

Cancer research and global health initiative

£1.9 million, 11 awards

The purpose of this call was to provide “pump-priming” funds to undertake projects to generate preliminary data and establish, expand and consolidate UK-LMIC partnerships.

Applications had to be led by principal investigators based in UK institutions, with at least one LMIC-based researcher named as co-investigator.

Successful partnerships would define research questions in a field or interrelated fields, assess the viability of proposed approaches relevant to the local socioeconomic and cultural context, gather preliminary findings, and develop and test the feasibility of sustainable UK-LMIC research partnerships.

Grant reference

Grant holder

Research organisation

Project title

MR/S014268/1

Elinor Sawyer

King's College London

Molecular Genetics of Lobular Breast Cancer in a South African cohort and effect of HIV infection.

MR/S014527/1

Ewen M Harrison

University of Edinburgh

Feasibility of a cluster randomised trial of a nutritional intervention to improve outcomes after cancer surgery in low-income countries

MR/S013865/1

Sarah Barman

Kingston University

Classification of oral lesions using deep learning for early detection of oral cancer

MR/S01411X/1

Robert Michael Ewing

University of Southampton

Towards new therapeutic strategies: Zika-driven oncolysis of brain tumor cells

MR/S014349/1

Michael Donnelly

Queen's University of Belfast

A study of the implementation of population-based bowel cancer screening in Malaysia

MR/S014438/1

Arnie David Purushotham

King's College London

A pilot study to develop an efficacious oral cancer screening strategy for India

MR/S014535/1

Matthew Allsop

University of Leeds

Understanding data and information needs for palliative cancer care to target mobile phone-based intervention development in Uganda and Zimbabwe

MR/S014551/1

Ling Yang

University of Oxford

Developing a multiplex serology panel to detect and quantify Epstein-Barr virus infection

MR/S01473X/1

David James Adams

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Identifying the drivers and vulnerabilities of acral lentiginous melanoma through the study of PDX models from Latin American patients

MR/S014985/1

Julian Peto

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Preventing cervical cancer in older Vietnamese women

MR/S015027/1

Jonine Figueroa

University of Edinburgh

Improving earlier diagnosis and precision medicine for reduced mortality of breast cancer in Kenya

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