MRC/NIHR Trials Methodology Research Partnership pump-priming grants for Low and Middle Income Countries


The Global Health Working Group of the MRC/NIHR TMRP would like to send a big thank you to everyone who applied for small grants for trials methodology research pump-priming activities. We had nearly 270 applications from 48 (yes, 48!) countries, of which 63 went through to a second round for review, 15 were short-listed and 7 ultimately awarded funding in a variety of interesting topics to a total value of £62,523.

Congratulations to the following awardees (in no particular order):

  • Sylivia Nalubega (Uganda): The practice of pilot studies in informing the conduct of HIV clinical trials in sub Saharan Africa: a review of study protocols
  • Mercy Chepkirui Terer (Kenya): Pilot implementation of Short Message Service for randomisation in a multisite pragmatic factorial clinical trial in Kenya (PRISMS Study)
  • James O’Donovan/David Musoke (Uganda): Photovoice to explore community members perspectives regarding health and healthcare challenges in Mukono District, Uganda
  • Wigilya Mikomangwa (Tanzania): Assessment of the challenges encountered in implementing vaccine clinical trial methodologies in low income countries
  • Sangeetha Paramasivan (UK/India): Optimising Informed CONsent in clinical trials in low- and middle-income settings: feasibility of an adapted QuinteT Recruitment Intervention (QRI) in India (OrION-I)
  • Naomi Waithira (Thailand): Exploring barriers to data reuse
  • Nandi Siegfried (South Africa): Cultural competence in trial design and conduct

There were excellent ideas that were not able to be funded, but we would like to see how we could work to support your work in other ways, through more training webinars, facilitating collaborations and identifying other funding opportunities. Please do consider joining the Global Health Working Group and The Global Health Network to keep in touch.

Some applications were not successful because they related to requests for funding to conduct clinical trials themselves (and related training and travel for trials or to learn trial methods) rather than clinical trials methodology research (i.e. research about how clinical trials should be designed, conducted, analysed, interpreted and reported!). You may find this webinar and page useful.