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AHRC Research Networking Scheme: 2019 Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Highlight Notice

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Funded under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), this highlight notice will develop research networks that build sustained international boundary crossing collaborations and equitable partnerships with Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). Working across disciplines, these networks will enhance the contribution that arts and humanities research makes to international development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In particular, projects will be expected to address one (or both) of the following:

  • development challenges, contexts and areas that are under-represented in the current AHRC portfolio;
  • issues of gender, equalities, diversity and inclusion in international development.

The AHRC’s portfolio of over 200 GCRF funded projects has a wide spread in terms of geographic coverage and thematic areas, yet some important areas and themes appear to be under-researched. The aim of this highlight notice is both to target those areas that remain under-represented, and to focus attention on issues of equality, diversity and inclusion within an international development context. In so doing, proposals will mine a rich seam of opportunities for the arts and humanities to co-produce culturally and historically informed research in diverse contexts, bringing distinctive perspectives, capabilities and inter-disciplinary innovation to bear on major global sustainable development challenges.

Proposals under this highlight are expected to be highly internationally collaborative and the development and enhancement of sustainable international collaborations, particularly in LMICs, is a key aim. For full details, see Call Guidance Document below


Closing Dates

Closing Date: 24/09/2019

The deadline for receiving applications is 16:00 (UK time) on 24 September 2019



Application forms available on Je-S

14 June 2019

Deadline for submissions

24 September 2019

Panel meeting

November 2019

Funding decisions to be issued

W/c 25 November 2019

Start date of awards

No later than 15 January 2020

How to make an application

All proposals for the AHRC Research Networking Scheme: 2019 Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Highlight Notice must be submitted through the Je-S system by 24 September 2019, 16:00.

For detailed information see the Call Guidance document below.

Further Information

  • Fund limit: up to fEC £60,000 in total (£30,000 (fEC) plus additional £30,000 supplementary funding to enhance international activities/collaborations/participation in relation to LMICs)
  • Project duration: maximum 24 months
  • Project latest start date: 15 January 2020
  • Eligibility: standard Research Networking rules apply (See RFG section 1.5, p. 21)
  • Principal Investigators: PIs must be employed by a recognised UK Higher Education Institution or Independent Research Organisation
  • Co-Investigators: additional co-investigators (beyond the standard limit of one) are permitted within this Highlight Notice, provided they are based in LMICs and play a significant role in the overall leadership of the network
  • Research Focus:
  • Development challenges, contexts and areas that are under-represented in the current AHRC portfolio
  • Issues of gender, equalities, diversity and inclusion in international development
  • Collaboration: Projects must include sustained and meaningful collaboration with development partners, collaborators, professional or learning groups based in LMICs, and outline a legacy that extends beyond participation in a one-off networking event.
  • All proposals consideration under this highlight notice must meet ODA compliance requirements

Applications for this Highlight Notice will generally follow standard AHRC Research Networking scheme guidelines, except where specifically noted in the Call Guidance Document:

Call Guidance Document

Please note that this Research Networking Highlight Notice is being run in parallel with an associated GCRF Highlight Notice within AHRC’s Follow-on Fund for Impact and Engagement scheme 


Thomas Gray
T: (01793) (41) 6039
E: thomas.gray@ahrc.ukri.org

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