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Our proof of concept MRC Foundation Award is part of the first phase of health research awards from the new £1.5bn Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) funded by the MRC, AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC and NERC.

The awards support moderately sized, short to medium-term investments spanning diverse research specialisms. The aim is to target new, innovative and multidisciplinary research that will meet the existing or future health needs of LMICs. A principal objective will also be to strengthen LMIC/UK research partnerships in order to champion world-class research.

The five research councils involved in the Foundation Awards have been working collectively to provide new and broader approaches to meet global research challenges. It’s encouraging to see these projects tackling the broader environmental and economic factors affecting health, as well as using new technologies to bring cost-effective treatments within reach.

These awards represent a significant win for global research. We hope that many of the research partnerships being supported will move on to even more ambitious work over the coming years.

Declan Mulkeen, the MRC’s Chief of Strategy