UK Health Minister Andrew Stephenson

Source: Pharmacy Business

The UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) has announced a new award to help create career opportunities for global health researchers from low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) and the UK.

The NIHR will commit £34 million to fund three rounds annually of its Global Advanced Fellowships which will enable post-doctoral researchers to progress their careers and develop leadership expertise. There is currently a lack of funding for mid-career researchers, particularly those employed in LMICs.

There will be 10 awards available in the first round of the scheme, which opens in April 2024 to candidates from backgrounds including public health and social care. Those who are successful will receive £750,000 each to fund a research project, and a training and development programme, both of which must meet the needs of people in LMICs.

Previous research funded by the NIHR has addressed health challenges in LMICs ranging from maternal healthcare in Malawi and Zambia to stigmatising skin diseases in Ghana and Ethiopia.

“This new award will allow us to build resilience against future global health threats and support more researchers,” said UK Health Minister Andrew Stephenson.

“It will nurture talent in low-and middle-income countries as well as the UK, ensuring that we can strengthen research capacity and support research in areas that will address critical global health challenges,” he added.


Further reading:

NIHR Funding and Awards