The scheme allows researchers from across disciplines and from developing countries and the UK to hold networking events, to forge new links and generate innovative transdisciplinary research ideas to address global challenges. They expect that these new networks will then be better positioned to compete for more substantive grants offered by future funding initiatives.
The Global Challenges Research Fund is a five year £1.5 billion fund supporting cutting-edge interdisciplinary research. It aims to address global issues through challenge-led research and strengthen research capacity both in the UK and in developing countries.
The GCRF networking grants:
- Provide opportunities for researchers from a wide spectrum of disciplines and backgrounds to develop new collaborations.
- Improve interaction between UK researchers and those in developing countries.
- Build communities of researchers that can submit high quality applications for other GCRF funding calls.
- This scheme is targeted at experienced researchers who are looking to form new international collaborations. The maximum amount available is £25,000 of which £5,000 can be used for consumables for obtaining pilot data, archival research or fieldwork. The remainder can be used to contribute towards travel and subsistence costs, costs associated with networking events, administrative support and access to technical support.
- Grants cannot be used to pay for salary costs or to employ research assistants, PhD students or postdoctoral staff.
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, 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.
- Please note that for this round of competition, researchers from China are not eligible to be lead applicants. They may be named as part of the wider collaborative network but should not receive direct funding.
- This grant forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA), which promotes economic development and welfare in developing countries. In order for applications to be eligible for this grant, applicants must clearly show that their proposal’s aims are in-line with those of the ODA. These include strengthening global peace and security, promoting global prosperity and tackling extreme poverty.
For more information, visit https://acmedsci.ac.uk/grants-and-schemes/grant-schemes/gcrf-networking-grants