The Department for International Development, Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust have announced the launch of the fourth call for proposals to the Joint Global Health Trials scheme to which £15 million has been committed.
Proposals are invited from academic groups, based either in the UK or the countries where the studies will take place, for interventions that will contribute to improving health in low-middle income countries.
The scope of the scheme encompasses, but is not limited to, behavioural interventions, complex interventions, disease management, drugs, vaccines, hygiene and diagnostic strategies. This scheme is focused on late-stage (phase III/IV) efficacy and effectiveness trials.
Outline applications are now being accepted and the deadline for submission is 16:00 BST 1st October 2013.
Guidance on submitting an outline proposal and completing a Case for Support can be found here: http://www.mrc.ac.uk/Utilities/Documentrecord/index.htm?d=MRC007942
The scheme is open to the best proposals which address any major health related problem affecting low and middle income countries, particularly those that affect the most vulnerable populations. Although the breadth of the scheme is deliberately wide, we particularly welcome proposals for research into chronic non-communicable diseases, in recognition of the increasing burden of these conditions in low and middle income countries.