Diagnostics, prosthetics and orthotics to tackle health challenges in developing countries

This call is supported through EPSRC’s Global Challenges Research Fund allocation. The aim of this activity is to support an internationally leading programme of research, centred around innovative healthcare technologies, to tackle the challenges faced by developing countries. Proposals must address one of the following two priority areas to be considered through this call:

  • Low cost, rapid, point of care imaging and diagnostic technologies
  • Affordable prosthetics and orthotics.

The proposed research must be predominantly in EPSRC remit, although interdisciplinary and/or multidisciplinary proposals are welcomed. Proposals must also be compliant with Official Development Assistance (ODA) guidelines.

Appropriate collaborators in one or more LMICs are a mandatory requirement for proposals submitted through this call. These collaborators may be academic researchers and/or research users. Overseas Co-Investigators must be researchers based in research organisations in countries on the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), including upper-middle income countries. We will also support costs associated with research conducted in LMICs, e.g. consumables, field work.

Applicants should note that all Co-Investigators will need to have a Je-S account before they can be added to the Je-S proposal form; the individual Co-Investigators will also have to activate their account. This process can take up to three working days so please allow plenty of time to complete this step before the closing date of the call.

Applicants must submit an Expression of Interest via the form below by 16:00 on 20 April 2017 to be considered through this call. Full proposals from applicants who have not previously submitted an Expression of Interest will not be considered.

The call for full proposals closes at 16:00 on Thursday 25 May 2017. Up to £7.5 million is available from EPSRC for this call. We aim to support 6-8 research projects through this activity.

Global Challenges Research Fund

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion UK Government fund, administered by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries through: 

  • challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research;
  • strengthening capacity for research and innovation within both the UK and developing countries;
  • providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.

GCRF is administered through delivery partners, including the Research Councils and national academies, and forms part of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment, which is monitored by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). ODA-funded activity focuses on outcomes that promote the long-term sustainable growth of countries on the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list