Joint Health Systems Research Initiative

This scheme supports research based in low- and middle-income countries to improve health systems in those locations.

The scheme is jointly supported by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Wellcome Trust.

We’re changing our funding schemes

The way we fund research is changing to support our new strategy.

Scheme at a glance 

Career stage:
Type of researcher:
Basic, Clinical, Public health
Where your host organisation is based:
Level of funding:

Approximately £4 million is available to fund five to ten research grants. Foundation grants are up to £200,000 each.

Duration of funding:

Research grants normally last up to three years. Foundation grants last for 24 months.

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Eligibility and suitability 

What we offer 

How to apply 

Key dates 

The Medical Research Council considers applications once a year.

Research grants

Closed to new applications

  1. 19 January 2021

    Outline proposal deadline

  2. 16 June 2021

    Invited full proposal deadline

  3. October 2021

    Panel meeting

Foundation grants

Closed to new applications

  1. Date to be confirmed (this call has been temporarily suspended)

    Application deadline

  2. Date to be confirmed.

    Panel meeting

Contact us 

If you have a question, contact the Medical Research Council:

Funding partners 

More information 

Find out about how we've worked with the funding community to develop principles and obligations setting out what we expect from those responsible for clinical training, trainees and funders across the UK.