Funding opportunity

Funding opportunity: South Africa-UK health research collaboration: non-communicable diseases

MRC and SAMRC invite health research applications in the focus area of non–communicable diseases (NCDs), including:

  • mental health
  • cancer
  • cardiovascular diseases
  • diabetes
  • chronic lung diseases
  • chronic kidney disease
  • chronic liver disease (non-infectious aetiology)

You must be:

  • a South Africa-UK collaboration and can additionally include African collaborators
  • submitted to SAMRC by the South African lead investigator, on behalf of the consortium
  • be official development assistance-eligible and focused on research of primary relevance to South Africa or low and middle-income countries

Up to 70 million South African Rand (approximately £3 million) is available for the focus area, with an expectation that we will fund several three-year projects per topic.

Contact details

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For help and advice on costings and writing your proposal please contact your research office in the first instance, allowing sufficient time for your organisation’s submission process.

Ask about this funding opportunity

This funding opportunity is led by SAMRC please direct any requests for information and questions or queries on this by emailing

Aaron Holiday, International Programme Manager (MRC lead)


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