TMRP Global Health Pump Priming Funding

MRC-NIHR TMRP Global Health Pump Priming Awards 2020


At the start of 2020 the MRC-NIHR TMRP and The Global Health Network announced new funding call for small pump-priming grants of between £2000 and £10,000 specifically for trials methods research relevant to Low and Middle Income Countries.

Priority areas of trials methodology research have been identified from a LMIC survey by Rosala-Hallas et al 2018 in collaboration with the Global Health Network and is also described in this webinar.  

Over 270 applications were invited for research project, travel or workshop funding.  Seven were awarded funding:

Sylivia Nalubega
Soroti University, Soroti, Uganda
The practice of pilot studies in informing the conduct of HIV clinical trials in sub Saharan Africa: a review of study protocols  



Naomi Waithira
MORU Tropical Health Network, University of Oxford, UK 
Exploring barriers to data reuse

Waithira N, Kestelyn E, Chotthanawathit K, Osterrieder A, Mukaka M, Lang T, Cheah P

Investigating the Secondary Use of Clinical Research Data: Protocol for a Mixed Methods Study

JMIR Res Protoc 2023;12:e44875


DOI: 10.2196/44875

Nandi Siegfried
South African Medical Research Council, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug  Research Unit, South Africa
Cultural competence in trial design and conduct

Mercy Chepkirui Terer
KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Nairobi, Kenya
Pilot implementation of Short Message Service for randomisation in a multisite pragmatic factorial clinical trial in Kenya (PRISMS Study)  
PRISMS Report July 2022.docx

Sangeetha Paramasivan
University of Bristol, UK
Optimising Informed CONsent in clinical trials in low- and middle-income settings: feasibility of an adapted QuinteT Recruitment Intervention (QRI) in India (OrION-I)
Wigilya P. Mikomangwa
Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences,Tanzania
Assessment of the challenges encountered in implementing vaccine clinical trial methodologies in low income countries  

Co-Is: James O’Donovan,
University of Oxford, UK 
Dr. David Musoke (Award host),
Makerere University, Uganda
Photovoice to explore community members perspectives regarding health and healthcare challenges in Mukono District, Uganda.




Terms and conditions for award holders

  • Applicants may submit multiple entries, but only one will be funded per round/grant call.
  • The maximum award is £10,000.
  • Applications will be assessed by a panel comprising the Global Health Working Group co-leads, the TMRP Executive Committee and/or invited reviewers from other Working Groups of the TMRP. Reviewers’ decisions are final.
  • Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application no later than the 30th April 2020.
  • The Partnership will issue a Research Collaboration Agreement contract (drafted and executed by University of Liverpool) which must be signed by a formal representative of the Host Institute (usually the research manager at the University or similar of the Lead Applicant).
  • 20% of the award will be retained until a post-project/event/visit written report or publication (final or draft) is submitted by the awardee (within a limit of 6 months of the end of the award period) summarising the outputs and/or relevance to trials methodology research. This report (or link to subsequent publication) will be published on the websites of the TMRP and The Global Health Network.
  • We advise a maximum award length of 12 months.
  • A ‘Statement of Expenditure’ or list of transactions will also be required.
  • Any published or presented material from these grants will need to acknowledge the Partnership funding support – including statements such as “This work was supported by the MRC-NIHR Trials Methodology Research Partnership (MR/S014357/1 Global Health AWARD)”.