UK Research and Innovation: Apply for funding to support a partnership to enable research that will address global health challenges and inequities

14 October, 2023

Dear HIFA colleagues. Please see below a call for proposals from the UK Medical Research Council to address 'global health challenges'.

I would like to precede this call with a comment:

I note that back in 2006 when HIFA was launched, global health leaders wrote in The Lancet: 'The Gates Foundation identified fourteen challenges but a fifteenth challenge stares us plainly in the face: The 15th challenge is to ensure that everyone in the world can have access to clean, clear, knowledge — a basic human right, and a public health need as important as access to clean, clear, water, and much more easily achievable.'

HIFA has always proposed that a whole-systems approach is needed to address the 'fifteenth challenge'. This is why we focus on bringing stakeholders together to exchange experience and expertise. HIFA also has a prototype database to capture the collective intelligence of stakeholders. On behalf of HIFA I would like to highlight that we are ready to support any research project that seeks to addresss the 'fifteenth challenge'. Contact me:

Here is the full text of the CFP:


Pre-announcement: Applied global health partnership: stage one

03-10-2023 09:00 AM BST

Apply for funding to support a partnership to enable research that will address global health challenges and inequities.

We will accept proposals of all sizes, including large research projects and small to medium-scale applications.

We are looking to develop a portfolio of high-quality partnerships, which will be diverse, promote multidisciplinarity and strengthen global health research capacity.

We encourage applications from principal investigators based in:

low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)

UK, working in partnership with LMIC investigators


HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of HIFA (Healthcare Information For All), a global health community that brings all stakeholders together around the shared goal of universal access to reliable healthcare information. HIFA has 20,000 members in 180 countries, interacting in four languages and representing all parts of the global evidence ecosystem. HIFA is administered by Global Healthcare Information Network, a UK-based nonprofit in official relations with the World Health Organization. Email: