AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Urgency Grants pilotReturn to opportunities
Recognising the fast-moving nature of many of the challenges facing low or middle income countries (LMICs), the AHRC has launched this scheme to provide an accelerated funding outlet for urgent arts and humanities research priorities.
Funded as a part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), it is an open, responsive mechanism through which arts and humanities researchers (working with other disciplines where appropriate) can respond to unanticipated urgent research needs, including (but not limited to) disasters, humanitarian emergencies, rapid radical political or economic change, changes to conflicts, major displacements of populations etc., or unanticipated time-limited opportunities for research to contribute to international development policy or practice.
Please note: This call document has been updated (August 2020) regarding the eligibility of proposals seeking to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Proposals which primarily seek to address and mitigate the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak in low and middle income countries will not be accepted for consideration under the AHRC GCRF Urgency Grants pilot call.
We recognize that proposals responding to other urgency contexts may also need to factor in the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic and/or may have co-benefits in contributing to recovery from the pandemic. Proposals which take into account the coronavirus pandemic will be eligible under this scheme if the project is not considered by AHRC to primarily seek to address the impacts of COVID-19 and to fall outside the scope of recent COVID-19 agile response calls.
Eligible projects must be fully compliant with the requirements of Official Development Assistance (ODA), addressing a development need or challenge with the potential to support low or middle income countries meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, applications must demonstrate the case for urgency, explaining why there is a need for arts and humanities research to be conducted within specified time constraints that cannot be supported through other funding routes.
NB: The primary focus of this scheme is to provide an accelerated route for funding projects where there is a demonstrably time-limited window of opportunity to conduct research or deliver project impact/outputs. It is not intended to provide a funding route for projects that may address urgent GCRF related problems, but that could reasonably be expected to be funded through existing AHRC/UKRI funding schemes and calls.
Applications for full economic costs up to £150,000 for a period of up to 18 months may be submitted at any time during the period of the pilot scheme. Applicants interested in applying should first submit an expression of interest to the AHRC at the earliest opportunity following the emergence of the urgency need or context. If the expression of interest is considered to fall within the scope of the scheme, applicants will then be invited to submit a full application through Je-S for consideration through an accelerated peer review process.
For full details see Call Guidance document below.
Closing Date: 31/01/2021
This Pilot Scheme will close to new expressions of interest at 1600 hours on 31 January 2021 after which AHRC will review the pilot and consider extending or revising the scheme.
How to make an application
Applicants interested in applying should first submit an expression of interest to the AHRC (see link below) at the earliest opportunity following the emergence of the urgency need. The AHRC will aim to provide eligibility decisions within five working days of receipt.
If the expression of interest is considered to fall within the scope of the scheme, applicants will then be invited to submit a full application via Je-S for consideration through an accelerated peer-review process. Where feasible, AHRC aims to complete the review process and deliver a funding decision within four working weeks from submission of the full proposal in Je-S.
Following the removal of the distinct Pathways to Impact attachment and the Impact Summary, applicants will be expected to show how the research provides impact throughout the application, and especially within the Case for Support.
Given the importance of development impact to ODA research, applicants will still be required to address this impact within their application. Further details will be provided on where development impact should be articulated, but in the interim we would encourage applicants to bear such matters in mind as they develop their proposals.
Key features of this call:
- Fund Limit: up to fEC £150,000
- Project duration: maximum 18 months
- Projects must be fully ODA compliant
- Applications must demonstrate how the project meets the urgency requirements of the scheme
- Full applications will be required to include a gender equality statement
- Proposals must draw significantly on relevant arts and humanities research literature, concepts or approaches and include significant research expertise within the remit of the AHRC
- Please note that this scheme can only provide funding for research projects led by organisations with a recognised research capacity. It cannot fund direct development projects, supplies or equipment
Expression of Interest: SmartSurvey: GCRF Urgency Call
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