Capacity strengthening for health research is a central to health sector development in all regions of the world. Many development partners have in turn invested in building capacity in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) for research and innovation. Foristance, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) has since 2006 established health research capacity improvement as one of its key priorities, investing 8–12% of its research budget on relevant programmes.

Despite increasing levels of investment in health research capacity strengthening, health research agenda remains disproportionately driven by the global north. This has bearing on the type of research that is produced, the priorities reflected in the research, equity within global epistemic communities, and the longer-term development of sustainable research capacity within LMICs.

The Panelists will attempt to propose ways in which institutions and health sectors in LMIC can build capacity to become into self-sustaining entities of scientific knowledge generation and utilisation able to address both global and local concerns.