ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund: Strengthening Capability for Research and Innovation

Deadline: 6 September 2016

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is seeking applicants for its Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Centres competition 2016 in order to strengthen capability for research and innovation within both UK and developing countries, providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.


  • develop interdisciplinary relationships within and beyond the social sciences around key global research challenges
  • build strong collaborations with UK and international non-academic stakeholders in the identification of these challenges
  • co-produce and deliver substantive and innovative interdisciplinary research agendas
  • build both UK and overseas capacity to address relevant challenges faced by developing countries

Core Areas

  • Building effective institutions in conflict-affected and fragile states
  • Migration, mobility and development
  • Dynamics of inequalities
  • Innovation and inclusive economic growth
  • Shocks, security, risks and resilience

Funding Information

ESRC is investing up to £10 million full economic cost (fEC) over five years in research centres that qualify for funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund.

Geographical Focus

ODA compliant research must primarily benefit countries in the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list of ODA recipients (mentioned below).

How to Apply

All proposals must be submitted in English, costed in pounds sterling using the Research Councils Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system through the given website.

Eligible Countries:

Afghanistan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Armenia, Albania, Angola, Kenya Bolivia, Algeria, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Cabo Verde, Antigua and Barbuda, Benin, Zimbabwe, Cameroon Argentina, Bhutan, Congo, Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Belarus, Burundi, Egypt, Belize, Cambodia, El Salvador, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Central African Republic, Georgia, Botswana, Chad, Ghana, Brazil, Comoros, Guatemala, Chile, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guyana, China (People’s Republic of), Djibouti, Honduras, Colombia, Equatorial Guinea, India, Cook Islands, Eritrea, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Kosovo, Cuba, Gambia, Kyrgyzstan, Dominica, Guinea, Micronesia, Dominican Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Moldova, Ecuador, Haiti, Mongolia, Fiji, Kiribati, Morocco, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic Nicaragua, Gabon, Lesotho, Nigeria, Grenada, Liberia, Pakistan, Iran, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, Iraq, Malawi, Paraguay, Jamaica, Mali, Philippines Jordan, Mauritania, Samoa, Kazakhstan, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Myanmar, Swaziland, Libya, Nepal, Syrian, Arab Republic Malaysia, Niger, Tokelau, Maldives, Rwanda, Ukraine, Marshall Islands, Sao Tome and Principe, Uzbekistan, Mauritius, Senegal, Viet Nam, Mexico, Sierra Leone, West Bank and Gaza Strip, Montenegro, Solomon Islands, Montserrat, Somalia, Namibia, South Sudan, Nauru, Sudan, Niue, Tanzania, Palau, Timor-Leste, Panama, Togo, Peru, Tuvalu, Saint Helena, Uganda, Saint Lucia, Vanuatu, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Yemen, Serbia, Zambia, Seychelles, South Africa,Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uruguay, Venezuela, Wallis and Futuna.

For more information, please visit Global Challenges Research Fund.

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