Funding Opportunities for Partnerships
The following are a selection of key donors which support health information projects and which might be relevant to health library partnerships. Details are included regarding the types of funding on offer, eligibility criteria and application details.
General background information to support applications for project funding can be found in Partnership resources (click on tab above) and in the sections linked to this page in the sidebar.
Health Partnership Schemes
The schemes listed below are funded by DfID and managed by the Tropical Health and Education Trust with HLSP. Read more
Current calls for applications:
Medium Paired Institutional Partnership grants of up to £15,000 per year for a small-scale clearly defined project. 12 - 24 months of funding. Deadline for applications: March 2013.
BMA - Information Fund
- This helps provide health information to organisations in developing countries by donating educational materials, eg. books and DVDs. It is run in association with Teaching Aids at Low Cost.
- The fund is open to health care institutions, health non-governmental organisations, medical school libraries and other related organisations in developing countries. It does not accept requests from individuals.
- There is one funding round per year, with a maximum grant size of £2,000.
- 2012 funding round closed.
- For further information see
- This Fund offers grants of up to £3,000 for projects taking place in developing countries.
- Projects must offer clear health benefits to the local population, must involve at least one current NHS employee and should have a sustainable impact.
- Applications are closed for 2012.
- For further information see
CILIP Health Libraries Group Bursaries - UK HLG members
- These can be for training courses or conferences and can be used for course/conference fees, travel costs (up to £100) and accommodation.
- Only HLG members are eligible, though it is not necessary to be a CILIP member. Bursaries will be awarded to members who have no other funding or cannot raise the full amount, and who have not previously been awarded a place by HLG.
- Grants are short-term - for a course or conference attendance – and are up to a maximum of £250.
- Applications must be in by 1st March, 1st June, 1st September or 1st December.
- The Leslie Morton Bursary is open to CILIP Health Libraries Group members for attendance at an international conference in health librarianship, medical bibliography, or medical history.
- International grant for a health librarian to attend the biennial HLG Conference
- For further information
CILIP’s ILIG – Anthony Thompson award
- This enables a qualified librarian from outside the UK to visit and study aspects of UK library and information work. The selection panel encouraged applications for the 2010 award from Africa and are particularly interested in library services for children. Other themes will be considered for future awards..
- Applicants should have at least 5 years experience and not have made a previous professional visit to the UK. Preference will be given to applicants working in least developed countries, as defined by the UN at: http://www.un.org/special-rep/ohrlls/ldc/list.htm.
- Grant sizes available are not known; the grant duration is normally a few weeks. Funding calls are made every 2 to 3 years and the latest ended in December 2009 for 2010. See the link below for details on how to apply
- For further information.
Commonwealth Scholarship Commission
Applications are invited in priority areas including public health. Professional Fellowships are not for academic study or research and full-time academics are not eligible for a Fellowship.
Applications should be made by the UK host organisation which acts as the 'nominator', and which can be from any sector. Organisations can nominate up to four candidates for a Fellowship. Applications should be made via their electronic application system.
For further information
Elsevier Foundation - Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries
- This provides grants to libraries in developing countries and their supporting organisations for projects that enhance libraries’ capacity in science, technology, and medicine. These can include programmes to enhance library infrastructure, technology or information services in ways that significantly enhance their ability to make STM (scientific/social sciences, technical and medical) information available to those who need it; programmes that enhance or expand library information resources in the developing world through digitization or preservation of information that advances science, health, etc; training and education programmes for library staff, students or researchers, contributing to sustainable improvements in the library’s capacity to provide STM information in the developing world; and partnerships between libraries in developing countries and institutions in developed countries.
- Libraries in developing countries and their supporting organisations are eligible.
- The grant duration can be 1, 2, or 3 years. Single-year grants are US$5,000 to US$50,000. Multi-year programmes are US$5,000 to US$50,000 per year. To apply, a cover letter and proposal must be sent online to Elsevier.
- Closing date is 15 September, 2011 - online application available from 1st June
- For further and guidance see information
EU/ Africa - EDULINK
- EDULINK’s objective is to foster capacity building and regional integration in higher education in ACP States and Regions, and to promote higher education as a means of reducing poverty. Its purpose is to strengthen the capacity of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) at their three constitutive levels: institutional/administrative, academic, and research and technology strengthening.
- EDULINK funds cooperative projects between HEIs in all countries of the ACP and the 15 EU Member States that are signatories to the 9th European Development Fund.
- Grants are generally for 1 to 3 years, and are 200,000 Euro to 500,000 Euro. Joint projects submitted by networks of ACP and European HEIs will be identified through open calls for proposals.
- For further information
INASP - Small Grants Scheme
- These are awarded for new or innovative ways to meet the increasing challenges faced in creating, sharing and improving access to information and electronic resources. The priorities were changed in 2012 and this round is now closed. They should be locally sustainable and have the support of the local PERii country coordinator and/or local consortium support.
- Closing date for applications for 2013 not yet published
- Size of grant not specified.
- Further information and application form
Wellcome Trust - International Engagement Awards
- This supports projects to strengthen the capacity of developing countries to facilitate public engagement with health research; stimulate dialogue about health research and its impact on the public in a range of community and public contexts in developing countries; or investigate and test new methods of engagement, participation, communication or education around health research.
- The scheme is open to a wide range of people, including media professionals, educators, science communicators, health professionals and researchers in bioscience, health, and bioethics. All projects must involve engagement with health research. The scheme is not intended to support standard delivery of health education and promotion which does not focus on health research or involve health researchers. Applicants must be based in listed developing countries or in the UK working with partners in the developing countries. Partnership projects are welcomed.
- The maximum grant size is £30,000.
- Submission deadlines vary: for 2013 preliminary expressions of interest to be sent by 8th February 2013 and if selected the full proposal will be required within about two months e.g.April. Contact the International Engagement Awards office well in advance of the deadline to request an application form and to confirm the eligibility of your project.
- For further information