NIHR-Wellcome Global Health Research Partnership (Closed)

This partnership funds global health researchers who focus on health priorities in low- and middle-income countries. 

Researchers are co-funded by Wellcome and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) through the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) using Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding.

Who can be funded through this partnership 

This partnership jointly funds some of the successful applicants to the Wellcome schemes below.

Schemes for applicants from low- and middle-income countries only:

Schemes for applicants from low- and middle-income countries and the UK:

Applicants must be employed by a university or research institute based in a low- or middle-income country that is eligible for ODA funding, or the UK.

What research can be funded  

The funding is for global health research. The research must:

  • address health priorities in ODA-eligible countries and mainly take place in those countries
  • comply with ODA criteria by focusing on improving the health and welfare of the poorest and most vulnerable people
  • be applied health research which is patient-orientated and not entirely lab-based.

Areas of global health research we're particularly interested in supporting include (but are not limited to):

  • mental health
  • multimorbidity
  • non-communicable diseases
  • nutrition
  • snakebites.

What research can't be funded 

Your research can’t be funded through the partnership if it:

  • involves mainly animal models or animal tissue
  • is mainly a cohort or longitudinal study
  • is entirely laboratory-based.

Wellcome will consider applications for funding in these areas outside this partnership.

Assessing eligibility 

We'll decide if successful applicants are eligible for funding under this partnership, using the above criteria. 

If eligible, we'll contact successful applicants. We may share application information with the DHSC/NIHR.

What we do 

Wellcome is responsible for administering applications and awards made under this partnership, in line with our grant conditions and funding policies. Some additional grant conditions will also apply.

We make awards directly to the administering organisations. 

We review awards made under this partnership and inform the DHSC/NIHR of any review outcomes.

Help and advice 

Find out more by watching our webinars:

If you have a question about this partnership, or the funding schemes under the partnership, please email

Useful documents 

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