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There are many funding opportunities available within the University of Kentucky and externally for achieving your research goals in the field of global health.

Internal Funding Opportunities

UK Proposal Development Office

As a research and proposal development unit focused on extramural funding and prestigious awards, PDO staff members conduct funding searches and distribute funding alerts, assist in the preparation of competitive grant applications and honorifics nominations by providing critical review of proposal drafts, providing UK facilities descriptions, writing narrative sections of proposals where appropriate, assisting in building research teams, and providing project management services.


UKinSPIRE (Seeding Partnerships for International Research Engagement) is an internal funding opportunity for UK faculty, jointly funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and the UK International Center (UKIC). UKinSPIRE is intended to stimulate high-impact research projects in any discipline linking UK faculty and international collaborators, and to establish collaborations with new international partner institutions or add greater depth to existing institutional partnerships. UKinSPIRE funding is specifically aimed at creating a strong foundation for sustained, globally engaged collaborative research in all fields of study. Proposals should include at least one collaborator or co-principal investigator (co-PI) primarily affiliated with a research or higher education institution headquartered outside the United States.

UKinSPIRE will award between $10,000-$20,000 per project, for one fiscal year, beginning in FY24-25 (July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025). We anticipate supporting five or more projects, annually. UKinSPIRE awardees may apply for up to one additional year of support (either through extending the time to spend unused funds or through the award of additional funding of up to $20,000 for a second year) after demonstrating significant outcomes and progress towards sustainability of their collaborations.

OSPA Database

OSPA administers extramural grants and contracts awarded through the University of Kentucky Research Foundation. Services available to University faculty and staff include: advice and assistance with budget preparation and other administrative requirements of proposals; review, negotiation and acceptance of awards; information regarding sponsor policies and regulations; preparation of subcontract documents.

External Funding Opportunities

NIH Fogarty International Center

The Fogarty International Center at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is dedicated to advancing the NIH mission by supporting and facilitating global health research conducted by U.S. and international investigators, building partnerships between health research institutions in the U.S. and abroad, and training the next generation of scientists to address global health needs.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's mission is to create a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life. They are focused on:

  • Gender equality 
  • Global development (emergency response, immunization, polio) 
  • Discovery and translational sciences 
  • Enteric and diarrheal diseases 
  • HIV 
  • Innovative technology solutions 
  • Institute for disease modeling 
  • Integrated development 
  • Malaria 
  • Neglected tropical diseases 
  • Pneumonia 
  • Tuberculosis 
  • Vaccine development and surveillance 
  • Tobacco control