UKPHS: Call for Applications for Small Grants Wave 1

Tropical Health and Education Trust
Last date: 
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
South Africa

Detailed Description

The Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) is pleased to announce the launch of the 1st wave of Small Grants for UK Partnerships for Health Systems (UKPHS).

The program welcomes grant applications from Health Partnerships in any low- and lower middle-income country in Sub-Saharan Africa or Southeast Asia addressing specific clinical and health system challenges.

The UK Partnerships for Health Systems programme (UKPHS) works with low and lower middle-income countries (LMICs) to build stronger and more resilient health systems, making progress towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) through improved health service performance.

The programme particularly targets poor and vulnerable populations and will ultimately contribute to better health and wellbeing (SDG 3), including ending preventable deaths. Funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), UKPHS engages the UK health sector by harnessing the expertise of UK health institutions and professionals in partnerships with LMIC counterparts.

UKPHS is managed by THET with technical assistance from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) in the areas of health systems strengthening, gender equality and social inclusion, and monitoring, evaluation, research and learning.

Thematic Areas

Small grants, applied for under this call, must address specific clinical and health system challenges through one, or several, of the themes below:

  • Innovation;
  • Gender Equality and/or Social Inclusion;
  • Climate Change;
  • Blended and Remote Learning.

Funding Information

  • The programme is split into three streams: large grants of up to £350,000 focused on priority health areas in 10 strategic countries; small grants of up to £50,000 in any LMIC in Sub-Saharan Africa or South-East Asia, focusing on health system and health challenges within several themes; and grants of up to £10,000 responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, again in any SubSaharan Africa or South-East Asia LMIC.
  • Applicants can apply for grants of £5,000 to £50,000.
  • The program anticipate being able to fund up to 40 grants through this call.

Eligibility Criteria

Core requirements and country eligibility:

  • Applications must be made by a Health Partnership between a UK health institution and an LMIC health institution based in one, or more, of the countries identified in this Call. The program is also welcome applications from Health Partnerships involving more than two partners. Partnerships are expected to demonstrate how each of the partners contribute to the project.
  • Grants are for single, time-bound projects that are deliverable within the budget and timeframe proposed and agreed with THET.
  • Projects must operate within an eligible country.
  • Projects must respond to one, several, or all of the themes highlighted within this document.
  • Applications must be made in English. Unfortunately, THET cannot accept applications written in other languages.
  • The majority of capacity development activities must be carried out by volunteers.

Institutional eligibility:

  • UK and LMIC institutions leading a Health Partnership must be either a health delivery institution, health training/education institution, regulatory body, NHS arms-length body, professional membership association, or academic institution.

Priority will be given to applications from these types of institutions, but non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are also eligible to apply as lead partners under this grant stream if:

  • The partnership also includes a UK and LMIC health delivery institution, health training or education institution, regulatory body, professional membership association, or academic institution, which primarily delivers the health systems strengthening activities.
  • The NGO has experience in delivering health focused programmes.


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