University of Bath

International Funding Open Calls

External funding opportunities supporting international collaborations and projects.

Open Calls

DFID, ESRC MRC and Wellcome Trust

Health Systems Research Initiative call 5 - Foundation Grants


  1. To conduct preliminary studies before a full research grant proposal can be designed (work to evaluate existing interventions or pilot and feasibility work to inform plans for future research).
  2. To explore possible health system innovations, under researched areas or creative approaches that have the potential to be developed further.

Funding: maximum of £200,000 per project

Duration of grant: maximum 24 months

Closing date for full proposal: 5 June 2018

Research Grants


  1. Generate evidence on how to strengthen and improve health systems for people living in low- and middle-income countries.
  2. Use a health systems approach to inform the delivery of evidence-based interventions or structural changes. Proposals must demonstrate how interventions relate to and affect wider elements of a health system such as governance, financing, health workforce, information systems, service delivery etc.
  3. Provide evidence that is of direct relevance to decision makers and practitioners in the field.

Funding: £4 million to fund 5-10 projects

Duration: usually 3 years with a maximum of 5 years being considered

Closing date for outline: 30 January 2017

Closing date for full proposal: June 2017

Further information.


Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience (SHEAR) Catalysts Grants

Aim: to fund projects focusing on weather-related hazards such as floods and droughts, heatwaves and the events weather can trigger. This can include landslides, and improving people's resilience to these, in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia.

The catalyst grants should not duplicate already funded research, including current SHEAR grants, but will compliment ongoing activities. They should be coherent activities to address the SHEAR goals.

Funding available: maximum project size of £250,000 (100% FEC). A total budget of £2.5M is available to fund 10-12 projects.

Closing date for outline proposals: 21 November 2017

Closing date for full proposals: 10 April 2018

Further information.


Addressing the Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance in India

Aim: addressing the issue of AMR in humans and animals in India (including by taking a ‘One Health’ approach). A sandpit over 3.5 days in India w/c 6 November 2017 will facilitate the formation of interdisciplinary teams and development of outline proposals. These will subsequently be developed into full proposals.

Funding: £6.49 million for UK elements of funded proposals, with matched commitment from the Indian side. The intention is to fund projects of up to three years in duration, commencing mid-2018. These could be either Collaborative or Small grants.

Closing date for EOI to attend sandpit: 4pm 11 September 2017

Closing date for submission of full proposals: Mid December 2017

Further information.


Understanding of the Impacts of Hydrometeorological Hazards in South East Asia

Aim: to improve understanding of the impacts of hydrometeorological hazards, such as floods, droughts, landslides and storm surges, in Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand.

Funding: up to £1.5 million is available from NERC and ESRC per South East Asian country. Up to £375,000 (80% full economic cost) is available for the UK component of a project.

Duration: Maximum three years. Matched funding will be provided by partner funding agencies in Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines to eligible South East Asian researchers.

Closing date: 4 December 2017 4pm GMT for notification of intent. Full proposal 21 February 2018 4pm GMT

Further information.


Before you apply

Approval Requirements

If your application requires approval from a member of VCG (where full costs are not covered and requires a University contribution), contact the International Partnerships team at least two weeks before the deadline.

You will need to prepare a briefing to include:

  • outline of the proposal
  • details of all partners involved and any existing links with them
  • explanation of the cost / resource implications to the University
  • details of the benefits to the University (for example, how it aligns with the Departmental and University strategies for research or internationalisation)

If your application is successful


If successful inform the International Partnerships and Pre-Award teams as soon as possible.

If your grant agreement requires an authorisation signature from a member of VCG, contact the International Partnerships team at least one week before the deadline.

You will need to prepare a briefing to include:

  • outline of the proposal
  • details of all partners involved and any existing links with them
  • details of who initially approved the application
  • explanation of any cost/resource implications or additional requirements to meet the conditions of the grant