Health Funders Forum

The Health Funders Forum (HFF) is a UKCDR standing group, first convened in 2007 which brings together major UK funders of global health research. It provides members with an overview of UK-funded global health research activity, including current or future priority areas, to support coherence of UK funded global health research.

What are the aims?

The HFF meets twice, providing an opportunity for funders to share information and best practice and to identify potential areas for joint working.

  • Information sharing, sharing learning and best practices and staying up to date with current and future research activities, gaps and priorities in the UK global health research landscape.
  • Increasing strategic overview awareness among the membership of challenges, activities and trends across the global health landscape.
  • Providing an opportunity for member to receive updates from the Strategic Coherence of ODA funded Research (SCOR) Board and to feedback to the SCOR board when necessary.
  • Identify opportunities for alignment of approach and identify and accept where approaches are different but complementary.
  • Discuss (and possibly prepare) aligned response to major initiatives/reports


Who are the members?

Members are major UK government research funders including:

  • Department for International Development (DFID)
  • Medical Research Council (MRC)
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Wellcome
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
  • Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC)

and all UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) councils.


Key Outputs

UKCDR supported commissioning of a background paper and workshop in 2015 to support the Joint Health Systems Research Initiative call funded by DFID, ESRC, Wellcome and MRC.

In 2017/18, UKCDR convened two groups to support co-ordination of joint funder groups to discuss potential joint funding of maternal and neonatal health research.