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GCRF Challenge Clusters

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AHRC, on behalf of UKRI, invites applications for Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Challenge Clusters.

Funding is allocated from the GCRF, a 5-year £1.5Bn 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 UIK and developing countries
  • Providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need

The GCRF Challenge Clusters seek to utilise the strength of disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, and the existing 800 GCRF projects funded to date, to address global challenges whilst delivering sustainable development impact. Proposals should be bold and inspirational, crossing disciplinary and sectoral boundaries and addressing the Sustainable Development Goals.

The applications should be research community driven. Existing GCRF grant holders will identify new Challenges to be addressed through clustering of current or previously funded GCRF projects whilst also leveraging external expertise to deepen impact, share knowledge and build capability and capacity beyond GCRF.

This is a two-stage call which provides seed funding for around 20 initial projects over an opening 12 months of £150k each. These first stage projects will be evaluated and the second stage will fund 6 to 8 projects at £1m - £2m for three years. Challenge Clusters should bring together GCRF projects and associated partners and are encouraged to collate other development projects funded by either UK or International organisations to leverage knowledge and deliver new synthesis of research findings. The deadline for applying is 24th September 2019.

Proposed activities must be in addition to existing funded activities undertaken by GCRF projects. The types of activities in Challenge Clusters could involve synthesis of research finding to support the use of evidence in decision-making, co-creating new insights, or the application of best practice. Research synthesis could also be used to assist in developing future research agendas and proposals. There is an expectation that research activity would be co-developed by the Challenge Cluster to achieve specific impact against the identified challenge.

Opening Dates

Call Opened: 30/07/2019

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 24/09/2019

How to make an application

Further details can be found here: https://www.ukri.org/research/global-challenges-research-fund/gcrf-challenge-clusters/

Further Information

More information on GCRF is available on the UKRI website: https://www.ukri.org/research/global-challenges-research-fund/


Eligibility, Costings or Process

For queries about this call such as eligible activities and costs or remit of the call please contact AHRC at enquiries@ahrc.ukri.org or telephone: 01793 416060 (available Monday to Friday 8:30-16:30)

Je-S Registration

For queries on using Je-S such as creating and submitting the application form or Je-S account creation, please contact the Je-S Helpdesk on 01793 444164 or jeshelp@je-s.ukri.org (available Monday to Friday 08:30–5:00).

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