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MRC Health Systems Research Initiative foundation grant

  Wednesday, 26 May 2021 | Funding Deadline

The purpose of this scheme is to provide funding for the best proposals to generate new knowledge to strengthen and improve health systems in LMICs. The programme’s aims are to fund methodologically rigorous, high-quality interdisciplinary research that will:


  • generate evidence on (1) the structure and dynamics of health systems, and (2) how to strengthen and improve health systems for people living in LMICs through the delivery of evidence-based interventions or structural changes (for example, strengthening governance, management, health workforce or supply chain)
  • provide evidence that is of direct relevance to decision makers and practitioners in the field, linking health systems with defined outcomes (for example health, confidence or financial protection)
  • demonstrate an appreciation of current theories and frameworks in health systems research or other social or political science theory of relevance to health systems
  • where focused on a particular aspect of the health system, proposals must demonstrate how interventions relate to and affect wider elements of the system, such as governance, financing, health workforce, information systems or service delivery.


Deadline for proposals: 26th May 2021

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