2019 UKRI GCRF Health and Context call for interdisciplinary research

Deadline: April 2, 2019.

The UKRI GCRF Health and Context call is seeking proposals for interdisciplinary research addressing wider contextual factors contributing to the burden of infectious and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). These factors may include social, cultural, historical, and religious beliefs and practices, or wider biological, ecological and environmental factors. We want to fund consortia conducting ambitious research that:

  • goes beyond description to determine causal relationships between contextual influences and health
  • develops or tests feasible interventions that are sensitive to or mitigate contextual influences on health.



1. For this call, proposals must be led by an organisation eligible to receive funding from UKRI or an equivalent eligible research organisation in a country on the OECD DAC recipient list.

2. The lead organisation will be responsible for the overall management of the grant including control, disbursement and assurance of funds.

3. Researchers can be the PI on only one application in this call but may act as a Co-I on any number of applications.

4. Applications are encouraged from, but not restricted to, research teams that were successful in the 2016 GCRF Foundation awards and the 2017 AHRC-MRC Global Public Health partnerships awards.



The funding is intended to support:

  • UK and LMIC research consumable costs
  • salary costs for UK and LMIC-based researchers
  • research training and capacity building activities
  • travel and subsistence.

The funding is not intended to support:

  • continuation of existing research grants
  • capital or infrastructure expenditure
  • establishment or continuation of cohorts
  • equipment above £10,000
  • studentships (such as masters or PhD costs).



1. Applicants must submit an outline proposal via Je-S featuring a maximum five-page case for support and a summary of costs prior to the deadline on 2 April 2019.

2. Applicants are welcome to contact any of the council representatives listed below in advance of submitting an application to discuss remit or eligibility. The council may discuss queries with other research councils involved in the call as appropriate.

3. A UKRI GCRF Health and Context call Guidance for Applicants document for outline applications is available on this page (further guidance will be released for invited full submissions in due course). A

4. separate FAQ document is also available. In addition, applicants should read the general MRC Guidance for Applicants and Je-S handbook for general information on how to complete the application.




UKRI GCRF Health and Context call

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