5th Round of Global Challenges Research Fund Networking Grants Now Open

Deadline: 4 September 2019

The Academy of Medical Sciences is delighted to be working with the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society to offer Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Networking Grants, available through the GCRF, which is part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA).

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The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund, which supports cutting-edge research and innovation on global issues affecting developing countries. The GCRF forms part of the UK Government’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment and focuses on promoting the economic development and social welfare of developing countries.

The Networking Grants will bring together novel combinations of perspectives to facilitate the development of high quality, interdisciplinary and innovative applications addressing the global challenges faced by developing countries for submission to other GCRF programmes.

The aims of the networking grants are to:

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  • Pump prime new interdisciplinary partnerships between research communities, policy makers and practitioners in developing countries and in the UK.
  • Establish sustainable partnerships between UK researchers and those in developing countries to serve as a foundation for sharing knowledge and skill transfer to allow them to conduct excellent research with impact.
  • Provide opportunities for researchers drawn from a wide spectrum of disciplines, particularly those who may not previously have considered the applicability of their work to development issues, to forge new links and generate innovative approaches to addressing global challenges.
  • Strengthen research and training capacity and capability in developing countries across a range of different disciplines.

Priority Areas

Networking Grant proposals must aim to address the GCRF UK strategy for enabling change and should seek to support the following:

  • Equitable Access to Sustainable Development – creating new knowledge and drive innovation that helps to ensure that everyone across the globe has access to:
    • secure and resilient food systems supported bysustainable marine resources and agriculture
    • sustainable health and well being
    • inclusive and equitable quality education
    • clean air, water and sanitation
    • affordable, reliable, sustainable energy
  • Sustainable Economies and Societies – encouraging research that for the longer-term builds:
    • sustainable livelihoods supported by strong foundations for inclusive economic growth and innovation
    • resilience and action on short-term environmental shocks and long-term environmental change
    • sustainable cities and communities
    • sustainable production and consumption of materials and otherresources
  • Human Rights, Good Governance and Social Justice – supporting research that enables us to:
    • understand and respond effectively to forced displacement and multiple refugee crises
    • reduce conflict and promote peace, justice and humanitarianaction
    • reduce poverty and inequality, including genderinequalities

Funding Information

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  1. The maximum amount available is £25,000 of which £5,000 can be used for consumables for obtaining pilot data, archival research or fieldwork.
  2. Awards are available for up to one year. Should the budget not be spent at the end of the award period, applicants may be able to apply for anocost extension.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants can be from any discipline, and applications should focus on building a collaborative network. Therefore proposals should be submitted jointly by a lead overseas researcher from a developing country and a lead researcher based in the UK.
  • To be eligible to apply, both applicants must:
    • Have completed a PhD or have experience at an equivalent level;
    • Have proven research experience in their field;
    • Hold a permanent position at an eligible institution (in the UK or a DAC-listed country), or a fixed term contract for the duration of the award;
  • Lead applicants must not be affiliated to a private or commercial organisation. Applications will not be considered if there is more than one UK co-applicant or an overseas applicant not from a DAC-listed country.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply online via given website.

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For more information, please visit https://acmedsci.ac.uk/grants-and-schemes/grant-schemes/gcrf-networking-grants

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