As part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), UK Research and Innovation is accepting applications for community building networks focused around research challenges within the six strategic GCRF Challenge portfolios.
The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a five-year £1.5 billion fund and a key component in the delivery of the UK Aid Strategy: tackling global challenges in the national interest. The fund aims to ensure that UK research takes a leading role in addressing the problems faced by developing countries through:
- challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research
- strengthening capacity for research and innovation within both the UK and developing countries
- providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.
Networks funded by this call must focus on a challenge or challenges within one of the six strategic GCRF Challenge portfolios:
- Cities and Sustainable Infrastructure
- Food Systems
- Global Health
- Resilience to Environmental Shocks and Change
- Security Protracted Conflict, Refugee Crises and Forced Displacement
- Up to £150,000 is available per network, over a 2 year period.
- These funds are to support running costs, events and activities.
- The Network Director (Principal Investigator) for each Network must be an academic based at an eligible research organisation in a country on the OECD DAC list.
- The Network Director must have completed a PhD or have equivalent experience and have a permanent position or fixed-term contract for the duration of the award at an eligible research organisation in a country on the OECD DAC list.
- The Co-Director must also have completed a PhD or have equivalent experience and have a permanent position or fixed-term contract for the duration of the award at an eligible research organisation either in a country on the OECD DAC list or in the UK.
- Eligible research organisations are education organisations, public laboratories, or other non-profit research intensive organisations.
For more information, please visit Global Engagement Networks.