Call for Proposals: Incentive Grants for Young Researchers from Low- and Middle-Income Countries by WHO: Submit by Sept 30

Submission for proposals are invited for Incentive Grants for Young Researchers from Low- and Middle-Income Countries by WHO for the year 2021. The last date of application is 30 Sept.

Scope & Activities

It is intended that the grants will support research projects that address the following:

  • Identify gaps, implementation challenges, and national priorities, and propose solutions with the potential to influence policy and practices for NCD prevention and control in LMICs.
  • Engage diverse stakeholders across sectors and actors throughout the research process.
  • Explore the best strategies to create strong partnerships between governments, NGOs, the private sector, researchers, communities, and individuals (particularly vulnerable populations) to address NCD prevention and control.
  • Identify lessons about implementation and propose feasible actionable solutions within the context. The results of this work may inform further research into this area in the future, including testing such practices and mechanisms in various settings.

The submitted proposals can address a wide variety of issues aimed at scaling up NCD prevention and control, establishing multisectoral and multistakeholder coordination mechanisms, and understanding innovative integrated delivery models to shift from disease-focused treatment approaches to sustainable person-centered health systems. The goal is to accelerate country-level responses towards NCD target 3.4 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: By 2030, reduce premature mortality from NCDs through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.


This call specifically targets individual young researchers, who are enrolled in accredited academic institutions (applicants may refer to the World Higher Education Database (WHED) and will be conducting research projects as part of their master’s degree requirements.

Projects leading to a doctoral degree will only be considered if the research can be completed within 12 months from the date of the grant award. Priority will be given to researchers based in LMICs. Proposals from LMIC researchers based in institutions of high-income countries may be considered on a case-by-case basis. In all cases, and regardless of where researchers are based, the focus of the research itself must be on LMICs. The applicants should meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be under 35 years of age (a copy of a national passport or other valid identification may be requested for reference purposes only);
  • Be a national of LMIC and conduct research related to LMICs. Priority will be given to researchers enrolled in institutions of LMICs. The list of countries by income group is available for reference at this page.
  • Be enrolled in a course of study at the time of application leading to a graduate degree (master’s in health or a related discipline. Doctoral degree candidates will be considered if they complete the project within 12 months from the date of the award) from an accredited university. (Applicants may refer to the World Higher Education Database (WHED)
  • Conduct research as part of their academic study;
  • Must not be fully dependent on this incentive grant to conduct their research; proof of the availability of other funding may be required;
  • Be fluent in English, as only submissions in English will be accepted at this time;
  • The researchers should be prepared to submit their Institutional Review Board approval of projects (if required). In addition, the researcher must obtain a letter of permission from the thesis supervisor authorizing the conduct of the study and submission of the proposal to WHO and the Defeat-NCD Partnership for the incentive grant.
  • Submissions should be directed to GNPgrants[at]
  • Please use the following subject line: WHO-DNCD grant proposal: Implementation research against NCDs
  • Submissions should be made in English by filling out the below application form (font size no smaller than 11, single line-spacing, font Calibri or Times New Roman, normal margins, A4 paper).
Important dates
  • Deadline: Thursday, 30 September 2021, 23:59 CEST, size limit per email: 7MB
  • Only successful candidates will be notified by 15 November 2021.

Selected proposals will be recommended for funding. Each grant should cover one country only. The incentive grant is intended to complement other funding sources for conducting the project.

Click here to view the official notification of Incentive Grants for Young Researchers from Low- and Middle-Income Countries by WHO.

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