Explorations in Global Health Grants

The world’s toughest health problems are more than biology. They are inextricably linked with culture, economics, language, physical geography, natural resources, and more.

five young children sitting on the ground, MalawiProgram Description

Explorations in Global Health faculty research grants are designed to foster the development of research projects and partnerships in global health.  Grants will be made to UNC faculty for international travel or to bring international colleagues to campus to establish or maintain research relationships (e.g. clarify joint research interests, plan and organize institutional linkages, jointly develop or write research proposals, etc.) or to undertake small-scale, discrete research projects with international collaborators.

EGH grant funds cannot be used to attend professional meetings or conferences.

Faculty may apply individually, together with a student, or with another faculty member from a different discipline. Typically 4-5 grants are made each year, in amounts up to $5,000 (for a single UNC applicant) or $8,000 (for two UNC co-applicants).

What is your global health?

Food security and climate changeMicrofinance and impact on women’s reproductive choices • Mental health effects of natural disasters • Access to dental care for orphansCancer treatment in resource-constrained countries • Rapid detection of water contamination • Ethics of short-term international medical missions • The European financial crisis and public health • Acculturation and health in immigrant populationsUrban planningand road traffic injuries • Foodborne illness and global trade

• [your project here]

Preference is given to applications that (1) assist faculty who are new to global health-related research and (2) foster collaborations that have a high likelihood of generating successful external funding proposals.

Other review criteria include (1) strength of proposal (2) interdisciplinary approach (3) likelihood of receiving future research funding for the proposed project and (4) meeting the University’s commitment to innovation (putting new ideas to use for the benefit of society).

The successful proposal will have clear, demonstrable benefits to global health.


Adjunct faculty, post-docs, and medical residents are not eligible for this funding opportunity. Degree-seeking students of all levels may co-apply with a faculty member who meets the eligibility requirements. Full-time faculty (tenure, research, and clinical tracks) from all units at UNC are eligible to apply for funding. Meet the 2015 grant recipients.

Application Process

Details of the 2016 call for applications are here.

For more information, please contact:

Mamie Sackey Harris
Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases
CB # 3368,
2144 Bioinformatics
Email: mamie_harris@med.unc.edu