Last Updated

27 May 2020

NIHR & UKIR Call for Proposals: Research proposals addressing COVID-19 in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs)

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in collaboration with the Medical Research Council (MRC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) opened a call for proposals "Research proposals addressing COVID-19 in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs)" with the focus on understanding the pandemic and mitigating its health impacts in low and middle-income countries (LMIC) contexts. This call is from the Global Effort on COVID-19 (GECO) Health Research.


The call specification is based on the WHO COVID-19 Global Research Roadmap priorities identified through a consultative process that involved experts from across the world. Implementation Science and operational research will be supported across the four Thematic Areas where appropriate to ensure a focus on practical application of findings, which are:

  • Thematic Area 3. Epidemiological studies
  • Thematic Area 4: Clinical management
  • Thematic Area 5: Infection prevention and control including health care workers’ protection;
  • Thematic Area 9: Social Sciences and Humanities in the Outbreak Response.


  • Applications are particularly encouraged from LMIC PIs, as well as PIs based in the UK working in equitable partnerships with LMIC investigators. 
  • Applicants must have a relevant academic affiliation to an eligible institution in an LMIC or the UK.

Proposals should normally be up to £1m per award.  Proposals should normally be for research up to 18-months’ duration, and applicants should be ready to start their projects within 4 weeks of being awarded funding.

Read more here

Proposals deadline June 22, 2020.