Request for Proposal: NHRC Post Graduate Research Grant


Request for Proposal: NHRC Post Graduate Research Grant: Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC) was established in 1991 as an autonomous body to promote health research in Nepal. One of the main functions of the council is capacity development of national researchers in the area of health research methodology. The Council provides research grants to Nepalese postgraduate students, faculties and national researchers to enhance their capacities in conducting studies in areas related to national health priorities. The research grants are also expected to bridge the local evidence gap for health decisionmaking at national and sub-national level.


The purpose of NHRC Post Graduate Research Grant Request for Proposals (RFP) is to support innovative research studies on Health and Medical Sciences from eligible Nepali citizens (as outlined in section 5 of this RFP).

Grant Scope

The research grant seeks proposal that will contribute to bridging the evidence gap in areas of health issues of national importance as well as successful implementation of Goal 3 of Sustainable Development Goals. Proposed research Proposal must be innovative and transformable, and must have the potential to impact on good health and well-being of the Nepalese population. The grant aims to seek research proposal on the following themes;

Basic medical sciences and clinical medicine including dental and allied health sciences

  • Neonatal, maternal and child health, and nutrition
  • Mental health and substance abuse
  • Accident and injuries
  • Health economics and health care financing including universal health coverage
  • Health care delivery services including quality of care, patient safety, critical care
  • Non communicable disease including its epidemiology, risk factors, prevention, treatment and control
    Healthy workplace
  • Environmental and occupational health including climate change and health international travel and health infection prevention and control
  • Biomedical research including antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial stewardship, human genetics
  • Communicable diseases including infectious and tropical diseases as well as neglected tropical diseases.
  • Gender, equity and social determinants of health
    Ayurveda and complementary medicine
    Essential medical products including pharmaceutical products, pharmacovigilance and rational use of drugs
    Population health including adolescent health, geriatric health, migrant health, urban health, rural health

The duration of the research study will be six months. All successful applicants must complete their research within 6 months after signing a grant agreement from the NHRC.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Only applicants from Nepal are eligible to apply.
    Researcher should be a Postgraduate student of Medical Sciences, Nursing or Health Sciences enrolled in a recognized University/Academic institute /affiliated college in Nepal. Applicant may use the grant as a part of the postgraduate dissertation by thesis.
  • A proposal can only have one Principal investigator who must be the post graduate students as indicated above.
  • Applicant should not have a history of criminal record or convicted of criminal offence.
  • Applications must include all required information and attachments. Only complete applications will be considered for peer review.
  • Proposed ideas must be aligned with the Grant Scope (See Section 3).
  • Every product created by the research shall be subject to the open access principle.
  • Researchers must comply with the National Ethical Guideline for Health Research of the NHRC.

Application instructions 
Application must be submitted electronically at the email ( of Capacity Building Section of the NHRC. Electronic application should be submitted in Word file format. Application should be submitted in English. Applicant should submit the following documents;

  • Cover letter
  • Research proposal (See Annex I for the template) .
  • Recommendation letter from the institution with proof of the student being in the thesis year
  • CV of principal investigator and team members
  • A copy of citizenship of principal investigator

Grant Amount
Each thesis proposal will be awarded a grant amount up to a maximum of NRs 35000/- (NRs Thirty Five Thousand). The grant amount includes ethical approval processing fee and applicable government taxes.

Review Process
The Capacity Development Section of the NHRC will verify that the proposals meet the formal criteria such as completeness, adequate formal presentation and submission within the deadlines. Proposals that do not meet these criteria will not be processed further. The independent Review Panel according to a peer review procedure will evaluate proposals. Upon completion of peer review, NHRC will receive a ranking list and ratings from the Review panel. Selection decisions will be based on the ranking list and ratings received from the panel.

Evaluation Criteria
Research proposals will be judged against the following criteria;

  • ls the proposed idea clearly articulated and justify its novelty?
  • ls the potential impact of the proposed research important, both in terms of bridging the evidence gap and impact on policy?
  • ls the project scientifically/technically sound and feasible within the timeline and proposed budget?
  • Do the Principal investigator and team has the skills to carry out the proposed research?
  • Does the proposed idea have the potential to fundamentally transform how a health challenge is addressed?

Application Deadline:

Complete application must be submitted by Friday November 30,  2018 (15:00)

Any queries related to this RFP should be directed to the Capacity Building Section, Nepal Health Research council, Ramshah path, po Box No 7626, Kathmandu, ( Phone : +977-1- 425 4220 / 4227 460), (Fax:+977- 1-4262469 / 4269284), Email :

Annex l: Template for Research Proposal

The research proposal should be structured around following template to fulfill criteria for success submission. The Proposal should be submitted in English, and should be a maximum of 10 pages (excluding cover page and the bibliography).

  • Cover Page: Project title, Name of Principal investigator and team members, affiliated organization and designation
  • Knowledge in the field of proposed research and the novelty of research project Set: out the scientific background and basis of your project. Explain the need to perform research on the topic you propose, related to the local situation and current national and international development debates and policies. Please highlight the research gap your research will bridge and the novelty of the topic, approach or method you propose.
  • Research Objectives/Hypothesis: Specify the research hypotheses and the concrete objectives that you aim to achieve during the lifetime of the project. Explain why the issue looked at is of national importance.
  • Methodology: Describe the strategies your project will use to implement the proposed research. The strategy should include clear description of research methods by which the research goals are to be attended such as research design, sampling,and data collection and analysis plan.
  • Potential impact of the Project: Explain, through a short context analysis at local, national and international level, how the project (findings) will contribute to the achievement of the Goal 3 of the SDGs. Describe how the proposed research project is important in terms of bridging the evidence gap and impact on health policy and practice.
  • Project Schedule and Budget: Outline major activities with the completion timeframe and estimated budget.
  • Bibliography: The bibliography should follow the Vancouver referencing style. The bibliography must be part of the document, but does not count towards the 10-page restriction.


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