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

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In this wave, THET welcomes grant applications from Health Partnerships in any low- and lower middle-income country in Sub-Saharan Africa or Southeast Asia addressing specific clinical and health system challenges through one, or several, of the themes below:

  • Innovation
  • Gender Equality and/or Social Inclusion
  • Climate Change
  • Blended and Remote Learning 

The application deadline is 12th May 2021 for established and new Health Partnerships.


Funding Available and Application Details

Grants of up to £50,000 are available. All funded projects are expected to last between 12 and 18 months. Project activities will be implemented from September 2021 until February 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, including those that have an existing UKPHS grant, but applicants should read carefully the guidelines around the differences in application process for the different partnership models.

All projects under this programme should address specific clinical and health system challenges through one, or several, of the following themes: innovation; gender equality and/or social inclusion (GESI); climate change; blended and remote learning. Projects that do not address one or more of these themes 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, 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 provide further information on the programme. The webinar recording can be accessed here.

To download the presentation slides, please click here.

All applicants are advised to listen to this webinar prior to completing an application.


The Grant Application Form and Budget Template should be completed and submitted, along with letters of support from each of the lead partner institutions in one email to grants@thet.org.

Established partnerships should fill out the established partnership application form and submit this by 17:00 (BST) on Wednesday 12th May 2021.

New partnerships should fill out the new partnership application and submit this by 17:00 (BST) on Wednesday 12th May 2021.

If you do not receive an acknowledgment from us within two working days, please assume that your application has not been received and re-submit. If you plan to submit more than one application, these need to be submitted in separate emails.

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