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Mobility – Global Medicine and Health Research

Call opens
20 January 2020
Call closes
30 April 2020 2:00pm (CET)
Announcement of results
1 stage - July 2020
2 stage - December 2021
Application guidelines


The purpose of this call is to promote multi-perspective research on how global mobility influences the general health, various health determinants and the well-being of local and mobile populations, and how the effects of mobility could be addressed in a sustainable way. Furthermore, proposals that challenge current dogmas in Global Medicine and Health research are welcome.

In this call we want to support research that benefits the fields of Global Medicine and Health Research in a sustainable manner, creating additional value beyond the funding period. We aim to fund projects that are highly original and innovative, and which address understudied and underfunded research areas.

We want to fund research that enables scientists and scholars from the so-called High-Income Countries (HICs) and Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs)[1] to work together at eye-level and in which all parties benefit from the joint research endeavour. Engagement of early career researchers is highly encouraged.

About the grant


Preparatory grants of €50,000 each
Project grants of up to €1,5 million each

Career stage

Postdoctoral fellowships, Research Leaders (Established/Prof.), Research Leaders (junior/non-tenured), Research Leaders (Mid-career/Associate Prof.)

Research area focus

Bioscience and Basic Biomedicine, Clinical and Translational Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Nursing Research


For grant inquiries
Eugenia Krasnopjorova
Grant Manager
[email protected]

The deadline for Stage 1 Application is extended to 30 April, 2 pm (CEST)

The four independent private foundations ”la Caixa” Foundation (Spain), Wellcome (UK), the Volkswagen Foundation (Germany) and Novo Nordisk Foundation (Denmark) have jointly initiated this global call for interdisciplinary research on “Mobility – Global Medicine and Health Research”, which is part of the international funding initiative “Global Issues – Integrating Different Perspectives”.


A qualified application should meet the following requirements:

  • The scientific background of the participating project team members is not restricted and should be based on the needs of the projects. Cross-disciplinary collaboration, e.g. between life sciences and social sciences is encouraged.
  • The consortium must consist of one main applicant and 2 to 4 co-applicants.
  • The number of partners in LMICs must match (or exceed) those in HICs, meaning that minimum two partners must be from research institutions located in the LMICs. If the consortium includes only two co-applicants from LMICs, they should be from two different countries.
  • The main applicant must be an established researcher within his/her field of research.
  • The main applicant must be from a research institution in Denmark, Germany, Spain, Portugal or United Kingdom.
  • Co-applicants can be researchers at different stages of academic careers, however a PhD student cannot be a co-applicant.
  • A significant part of the research must be performed locally in LMICs and include close collaboration with local communities, stakeholders and other relevant actors.
  • NGOs and/or NPOs (non-profit organizations) can be collaborators in the projects and must be subcontracted by a research institution.

Research fields

The overall research subject of this call is Mobility – Global Medicine and Health Research with focus on disruption of the established preconceptions within global / cross-border medicine and health systems.

The umbrella theme Mobility aims at research on the health-related questions regarding the mobility of people (migrants, refugees, tourists, (un)documented workers etc.), their effects and repercussions, and various aspects of mobility of populations.


There are two funding stages in the application procedure. Selected 1st stage applicants will be invited to proceed to the 2nd application stage.

Up to 15 unrestricted preparatory grants of €50 000 for a 10 months period will be awarded to the shortlisted  1st stage applicants, who will be invited to form consortia, design the final project, and submit a full 2nd stage project proposal by June 1, 2021.

A total grant capital of €9 million is available for project grants of up to €1,5 million per project for 4-6 projects of 3-5 years duration. Each grant will be funded by one foundation based on the country the main applicant is located in. Each foundation will independently award 1-2 grant(s).

Application process

The application must be completed in English and submitted using the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s online application and grant management system, NORMA, which can be accessed from

It is important that you carefully read the information and guidelines for applicants before initiating the application process, as the guidelines contain the complete call text as well as instructions regarding the completion of the application.

If you experience technical problems in the application system, please contact NORMA Support: [email protected]

Frequently asked questions

Contacts at the participating foundations

« la Caixa » Foundation:
Irene Puga, Programme officer
Phone: +34 93 404 60 15
E-mail: [email protected]

Humanities and Social Science Team
E-mail: [email protected] (please include “Joint call on global mobility” in your subject line)

Volkswagen Foundation:
Cora Schaffert-Ziegenbalg, Programme director
Phone: +49 511 8381 276
e-mail: [email protected]

Selahattin Danisman, Programme director
Phone:+49 511 8381 256
E-mail: [email protected]


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