British Academy: Global Challenges Research Fund Challenge-led Grants

Organisation: British Academy

Apply By:  11/09/2018

British Academy is seeking applications for its Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Challenge-led Grants.


This scheme, led by the Royal Society on behalf of the National Academies, provides funding to support research consortia involving groups in the UK and developing countries to address Global Challenges with a focus on resilience. This £8 million call invites proposals from researchers across all academic disciplines. These interdisciplinary consortia will generate new approaches to significant and complex resilience problems facing developing countries and will consist of one UK research group and two developing country research groups.



  • Funding excellence – Generate excellent and novel research on global challenges directly and primarily relevant to developing countries that cuts across multiple thematic areas covered by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Supporting collaboration – Support the development of sustainable consortia comprising outstanding researchers in the UK and the best research groups in DAC-list countries to generate new approaches to the most significant and complex problems faced by developing countries.
  • Promoting interdisciplinary approaches – Promote collaboration across different disciplines to take an interdisciplinary approach that generates new knowledge and insights from across different research disciplines.
  • Strengthening research capacity – Strengthen research capacity in developing countries through collaboration, sharing of knowledge and skills, and exchange of staff between research groups in the UK and their partners in developing countries.


Funding and Duration:

Awards are expected to run for two and a half years each (requests for no-costs extensions will be considered). The Royal Society will provide a contribution of up to £500,000 and will be dependent on case for support. Requests can include: consumables, travel and subsistence, networking costs, small pieces of equipment (no more than £10K), research assistant salary, training and skills development costs, contribution to the time of the applicant or co-applicant(s) and contribution to overheads. Successful projects must start by March 2019.



Eligibility Criteria:

  • The scheme is open to UK-based researchers (named applicant) and two overseas researchers (named co-applicants) who should be based in a country on the OECD DAC list
  • The applicant and co-applicants should have completed a PhD or have extensive experience at an equivalent level, and must be recognised as independent group leaders with the ability to have significant intellectual input and form part of the leadership team actively assisting in the direction and management of the project.
  • The applicant and co-applicants must hold a permanent or fixed term contract for the duration of the award at a university or not-for-profit research institution in their respective countries. Ineligible organisations include industrial, private and commercial organisations, university spin-out companies, and governmental bodies.
  • Applicants are not permitted to submit more than one application to this call.
  • Projects can include any number of specified ‘Other participants’ who may be part of the research groups or be relevant affiliated stakeholders participating in workshops etc. Not all ‘Other participants’ have to be in a DAC-list country. They can include relevant industry, policy or practitioner stakeholders.


For more information, please visit Global Challenges Research Fund.