UK Int Health Links Funding Scheme (IHLFS)

"A Health Link (also known as a Link) is a formalised partnership between a health institution in a developing country and a counterpart in the UK."

The purpose of a Link is to strengthen health systems and improve health service delivery in both developing and developed countries by allowing for a reciprocal transfer of skills and knowledge between people working in the healthcare sector." Activities such as training health staff and enhancing the capacity of health systems in developing countries can be supported under the scheme.


To support the development of new and young Links who have been working together for less than two years. Applications will be considered at any time during the scheme, however the activities related to these grants should be completed within a maximum of six months of contracting. Start up grants should be used to support and initiate round three project grant discussions and therefore encourage long term links.
Start-up grants are open to health organisations and institutions in all DfID's Public Service Agreement (PSA) countries working with partner institutions in the UK. PSA countries are:

If you like to apply for a start-up grant (up to £3,000), please complete the start-up grant application below:  

IHLFS Start-up Grant Application Form

IHLFS Start-up Grant Application Guidelines

Start-up grants are open to health institutions in the UK and the following countries:


Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Vietnam and Yemen

When completing your start-up grant application form, please refer to the guidelines, which will help you complete your application in line with IHLFS requirements. Please do not apply for a Start-up grant unless you have a partner in the UK. Your application will not be eligible and will be rejected.  

Funding of up to £3,000 is also available for start up grants in order to develop new links and discuss an opportunity to submit a full project proposals. These start up grants should support and facilitate discussions prior to the R3 deadline. Activities must be completed within six months of submitting the proposal. 

The UK International Health Links Funding Scheme (IHLFS) Round 3

IHKFS will provide grants of up to £15,000 for a period of one year to support to support health links between developing countries and the UK.
The scheme is supported by DFID and the Department of Health and it is jointly managed by THET and the British Council. 

The deadline to submitting proposals for the Round 3 is 31 December 2010. 

Links, who submitted a successful or an unsuccessful application for IHLFS funding in both round one and two may re-apply in round three.

UK International Health Links Funding Scheme

British Council
58 Whitworth Street
Manchester M1 6BB

Telephone: +44 (0)161 957 7840



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