EBI Rapid Response funding call: Global Public Health – Round 3

This funding call is now closed.

About the scheme

The Global Public Health Research Strand at the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute has previously offered two rounds of funding for urgent global public health research in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this third round of funding we are both offering opportunities to strengthen collaborations with partners established through previously funded COVID-19 projects; and broadening the scope of the call to include other aspects of public health of relevance in Low- and Middle-Income Country (LMIC) settings.

This call is for applications to enable University of Bristol academic staff to apply for funding to support work focusing on LMIC settings, in collaboration with LMIC partner/s.

Preference will be given to proposals which align with the Strand’s priority areas:

  • Consequences of COVID-19 and pandemic recovery
  • Mental health
  • Multimorbidity (co-existing health conditions)
  • Prevention of infection
  • Women’s and young people’s reproductive and sexual health

Research projects for this round must be completed by 31st March 2022.

Award amount

Applicants may apply for up to £10,000 per project. Consideration may be given to larger awards, but applicants who wish to propose projects above this amount must contact us before submitting an application. Lower cost applications are welcome. 

Application deadline

The closing date for receipt of applications is 6:00 pm on Friday 28th May 2021.

Applications will be reviewed by a University of Bristol cross-Faculty expert panel. Applicants will be informed of the outcome by Friday 11th June 2021 and successful awardees will be asked to provide a report following completion of their project.


  • The scheme is open to all academic staff members at the University of Bristol. Applications should be for collaborative work involving one or more existing LMIC partners. Proposals applying under the priority area ‘Consequences of COVID-19 and pandemic recovery’ must demonstrate that their proposed project will help to strengthen or expand an existing partnership, whether or not this was previously funded by EBI.
  • Preference will be given to cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary applications.
  • Preference will be given to proposals that involve applicants from more than one Faculty. Proposals should focus on global public health issues relevant to one or more LMIC settings. This may include social, biomedical, economic, cultural, epidemiological, clinical, regulatory, health system, and/or or other relevant dimensions. Projects focusing solely on aspects of clinical medicine will not be considered.  
  • Funds may be used to support: overseas partner(s) costs, equipment, consumables, staff time, or other items if fully justified in the application (please see the application form for more details of eligible staff costs).
  • Applicants must either have an existing Collaboration Agreement with LMIC partner/s, or have made LMIC partners aware of this requirement and be able to confirm that one can be established within the time frame required to implement the project. The Strand reserves the right to withdraw funding from projects that are unable to implement research in a timely manner. 
  • Open access publication costs cannot be funded from the scheme. The University of Bristol has limited funds available to support open access publishing fees. More information can be found here.


 Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:

Aims and objectives

  • What are the strengths of the aims and objectives for the research?
  • Is a convincing case made for the value of the research to global public health improvement?


  • Is the workplan realistic in the time proposed? Does the team have the experience, skills and resources to deliver the planned work, including appropriate collaborations in the relevant LMIC/s?
  • Are the costs clearly justified?


  • Will this research strengthen collaboration with partners in LMICs?
  • Does the proposal make a convincing case that the research is likely to have impact, with a clearly defined pathway to that impact?

How to apply

This funding call is now closed

Further information

If you would like any further information about this funding call please email ebi-globalhealth@bristol.ac.uk

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