Calls to reverse proposed UK cuts to global health research

Simon Collins, HIV i-Base

On 11 March 2021, severe cuts were announced to UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Official Development Assistance (ODA) related spending.  [1]

UKRI is UK’s largest public funder of research and innovation, including many international projects related to global health.

The proposed cuts of £125m mean no new projects will start and existing projects will not be supported after July 2021.

A BMJ includes more details, including the contrast between this relatively small amount and the £37 billions spent on track and trace.

This includes links to a sign-on letter and petition to parliament, both asking to reverse the proposed cutes to global health research. [3, 4]


  1. UKRI Official Development Assistance letter. (11 March 2021).
  2. BMJ blog. The government must urgently reconsider UK Research and Innovation funding cuts. (17 March 2021).
  3. Open letter – Revoke decision on UKRI funding cuts
  4. Revoke Government cuts to global health research.

This report was first posted on 26 March 2021.

Links to other websites are current at date of posting but not maintained.