Home Public Health Opportunities Call for Application: UKPHS Small Grants – Wave 1


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.
The UKPHS will contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 3: ensuring healthier lives and promotion of well-being for all at all
ages, including supporting countries to achieve UHC. As such, the key outcome of the programme will be improved capability of
the health system to address national priorities, including meeting the needs of the poor and most vulnerable populations, and
all projects should feed into this.

The key aims of the programme are to:

  • Support the development of stronger and more resilient health systems through, for example, better governance,
    information, and management of health institutions.
  • Improve the quality of health services through systematic approaches to improving the skills and knowledge of health
    workers and other professionals in the health sector, especially in reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent
    services where this aligns with country priorities.
  • Build on institutional capacity to decrease any reliance on external support.

UKPHS is managed by the Tropical Health and Education Trust (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.

Funding Available and Application Details

Grants of up to £50,000 are available. All funded projects are expected to last between 12 and 18 months. Project activities will be implemented from September 2021 until February 2023.

The programme is split into three streams: large grants of up to £350,000 focused on priority health areas in 10 strategic
countries (Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Myanmar, Nepal, Sierra Leone, Somalia/Somaliland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.); 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.


In this wave, THET 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 through one, or several, of the themes below:

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

The Grant Application Form and Budget Template should be completed and submitted, along with letters of support from each of the lead partner institutions in one email to [email protected].

Established partnerships should fill out the established partnership application form and submit this by 17:00 (BST) on Wednesday 12th May 2021.

New partnerships should fill out the new partnership application and submit this by 17:00 (BST) on Wednesday 12th May 2021.

If you do not receive an acknowledgment from us within two working days, please assume that your application has not been received and re-submit. If you plan to submit more than one application, these need to be submitted in separate emails.

If you have questions or difficulty accessing any of the documents please email [email protected].

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