GCRF Global Engagement Networks

Silvia Weninger

1) Objective

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5bn initiative that aims to support cutting-edge interdisciplinary research that addresses the global issues faced by developing countries. Between October 2017 and January 2018, the GCRF ran four regional Global Engagement meetings in Colombia, India, South Africa and Kenya. These meetings were designed to bring together delegates from different countries and different disciplines, and representing a mix of academic and non-academic organisations (e.g. non-governmental organisations; charities; policy makers; international funders). The aim of these events was to enable the formation of new partnerships and to engage non-UK researchers with the GCRF. Interactive sessions and discussions at these events emphasised the importance of developing equitable partnerships, co-creation of research projects and the time and resources required to build interdisciplinary international partnerships. Following on from these events, UK Research and Innovation are pleased to announce a call for community building network proposals. These networks are intended to: (1) bring together experts from multiple disciplines to enable innovative solutions to development challenges; (2) facilitate interactions between researchers and non-academic stakeholders/users; (3) increase the engagement of experts within countries that are on the OECD DAC list with the GCRF and associated opportunities; and (4) engage with the GCRF Challenge Leaders to feed into the future strategy for the GCRF portfolios.

As part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), UK Research and Innovation invites proposals for community building networks focused around research challenges within the six strategic GCRF Challenge portfolios: (1) Cities and Sustainable Infrastructure; (2) Education; (3) Food Systems; (4) Global Health; (5) Resilience to Environmental Shocks and Change; and (6) Security Protracted Conflict, Refugee Crises and Forced Displacement.

2) Eligibility

Eligible research organisations are education organisations, public laboratories, or other non-profit research intensive organisations. 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.

3) Location

Actions must take place in Low Lower and Middle Income Countries.

4) Budget 

Up to £150,000 is available over a 2 year period. These funds are to support running costs, events and activities.

5) Application

Outline applications must be submitted through Smart Survey: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/UKRIGCRF-GENetworks/ by 16:00 British Summer Time on 11th October 2018.