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THET is pleased to announce the launch of the first wave of Large Grants for UK Partnerships for Health Systems (UKPHS).

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THET welcomes grant applications from Health Partnerships addressing the identified health priorities in the following four countries:

  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Uganda
  • Zambia

Unfortunately, we will be unable to accept applications from countries outside of these 4 at this time, but please continue to monitor the THET website for news around waves launched in other countries.


The application deadline closes on 21st December 2020 for established partnerships and 15th January 2021 for new partnerships


Funding Available and Application Details

Grants of up to £350,000 are available. All funded projects are expected to last between 24 and 30 months. Project activities will be implemented from May 2021 until October 2023.

Core Eligibility

All those considering applying should carefully read the eligibility and funding criteria contained in the Call for Applications and Q&A document as these may differ from previous THET grant streams.

This grants round will accept applications from both new and established partnerships but applicants should read carefully the guidelines around the differences in application process for the different partnership models.

All projects under this programme should respond to the health priorities identified in the Country Health Systems Priorities Documents. Projects with remits outside of these health priorities will not be considered.


For further information on how to set up a Health Partnership or formalise an existing relationship, please refer to THET’s Support for Health Partnerships page.

If you are interested in applying for this programme but are not part of a Health Partnership, there may be an opportunity for THET to match you with a potential partner. If you would like to be contacted with respect to this, please complete the survey here: UKPHS Health Partner Survey: Brokering new relationships.

Completing this survey means that you are agreeing to your contact details being passed on to potential partner institutions.

Alternatively you may be able to find a partner through engaging with the Health Partnership Community LinkedIn page. This page also provides details of organisations with additional areas of expertise that applicants might like to consider incorporating into their partnership, in areas such as blended learning, GESI and behaviour change.


THET held a webinar to run through the application process and project planning which provided clarity on the application form and budget template. You can catch up on the recording here.

A second webinar was held for those interested in setting up a new Health Partnership or formalising an informal relationship. This webinar explained the processes that institutions will have to go through in order to set up a Health Partnership, including partnership development, financial and project management, and identifying and mitigating risks. You can access the recording here.

You can also access the presentation slides here.


The Grant Application Form and Budget Template should be completed and submitted, along with letters of support from each of the lead partner institutions, any managing partners and a relevant representative from the implementing country Ministry of Health, in one email to grants@thet.org.

Established partnerships should fill out the established partnership application form and submit this by 23:59 on 21st December 2020.

New partnerships should fill out the new partnership application form and submit this by 23:59 on 15th January 2021.

If you have questions or difficulty accessing any of the documents please email grants@thet.org.