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GCRF 'Conflict Intersections' Global Partnership Development Awards

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GCRF 'Conflict Intersections' Global Partnership Development Awards:

Prevention and Resilience at the Intersections between Conflict, Fragility and Wider Development Challenges and Risks

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), on behalf of UKRI, is pleased to announce a new funding initiative for Partnership Development awards under the Global Challenges Research Fund’s Collective Programme. This call will support the development of equitable partnerships and an interdisciplinary community to explore the intersections between conflict and fragility (SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions & GCRF Conflict portfolio) and wider development challenges (and other SDGs and GCRF portfolios) such as health, environmental resilience, sustainable cities and food systems, as well as cross-cutting development issues such as gender, inequalities, poverty reduction and sustainable livelihoods.

Applicants may apply for funding of up to £200,000 (fEC) over a period of between 12 and 24 months in duration.  Applications are welcome from researchers based in the UK or from organisations based in Low and Middle Income countries (LMIC) on the DAC list of ODA recipients.  All applications must include partnership and collaboration between UK and LMIC participants.

This cross-portfolio call will contribute to the GCRF Security Protracted Conflict, Refugee Crises and Forced Displacement portfolio and to the other portfolios steered by the GCRF Challenge Leaders.

AHRC is managing this call on behalf of UKRI, and it is intended to support the development of highly collaborative, interdisciplinary, international research partnerships. Applicants from any discipline will be encouraged to apply as a part of cross-disciplinary teams.

Full details on how to apply can be found in the Call Guidance Document (PDF, 381KB); and accompanying Je-S Guidance Document (PDF, 200KB).


We recognise the challenges that the unfolding Covid-19 situation presents for applicants in putting together applications at this time and as such have arranged for a short extension to the submission deadline.

Applicants should endeavour to submit applications with all of the necessary attachments by the revised deadline of 9 June 2020, but AHRC does recognise the challenges of securing documents such as Project Partner Letters of Support at this time. Where relevant we will put in place a return for amendment process for applications with small outstanding issues or missing documents.

The Assessment Panel will be aware of the potential impact of the current circumstances on the development of proposals and will take this into account when reviewing proposals. Furthermore, as these are partnership development awards, we recognise that not all partnerships will be fully in place at the time of application and that a key element of proposals might be a plan to extend partnerships and collaborations as the award progresses and we move beyond current phases of the pandemic.

Nevertheless, we appreciate that it may not be feasible for some applicants to submit planned applications this summer due to the ongoing global impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, we will explore the feasibility of providing a future funding opportunity for partnership development work in this thematic area following the completion of commissioning of the current call. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide any firm commitments or further information on the nature or timing of any such further opportunity at this time.

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 09/06/2020

The anticipated timetable for the call is summarised below

Call opens

Tuesday 3 March 2020

Call Close

4pm (GMT) Tuesday 9 June 2020


Mid-July 2020

Expected grant start dates

October 2020

How to make an application

Proposals should be submitted through the Je-S system at the latest by 4pm on 9 June 2020 and will need to go through the appropriate institutional submission process. You should submit your proposal in English using the Research Councils’ Joint electronic Submission (Je-S) System.

To prepare a proposal form in Je-S:

  • log into your account and choose ‘Documents’ from the menu;
  • then select ‘New Document’;
  • ‘AHRC’ as the Council,
  • ‘Standard Proposal’ as the Document Type;
  • ’Development Awards’ as the Scheme;
  • ‘GCRF Conflict Intersections Development Awards as the Call/Type/Mode, and
  • ‘Create Document’.

Further Information

Approximately 20 awards of varying sizes up to £200,000 (fEC) and between 12 and 24 months duration will be supported.

All awards will need to be ODA compliant and both ODA Compliance and Gender Equalities Statements will be required as a part of applications in line with UKRI requirements

Full details on how to apply can be found in the Call Guidance Document (PDF, 381KB) and accompanying Je-S Guidance Document (PDF, 200KB).

Due Diligence

As part of UKRI funding assurance, non-UK research organisations may be requested to complete an UKRI Overseas Due Diligence Questionnaire. Please be aware that research organisations may be contacted by UKRI at any point during the review process. This is in order to expedite our assurance process. If UKRI does contact any non-UK research partner organisation named on an application, the Lead organisation will be informed. Non-UK lead organisations will need to undergo UKRI due diligence checks if they have not been checked by UKRI in the last three years. Those organisations checked in the last three years may still have to undergo additional checks if UKRI decides they are needed. The lead research organisation would then be responsible to conduct due diligence checks on other non-UK partner research organisations. However, UKRI reserves the right to request information on these due diligence processes and to conduct further due diligence checks.

AHRC reserves the right to request clarification of organisations capability to address due diligence processes before accepting applications for processing and not to accept applications led by organisations judged not to have a realistic chance of meeting UKRI full due diligence requirements.

Please see the UKRI due diligence guidance, including the International Questionnaire for further information.

The Due Diligence process can take some time. When setting proposed start dates, applicants in host organisations not recognised to hold UKRI grants should allow a minimum of two months beyond the earliest grant start date for the Due Diligence process to be completed.


For more information please contact enquiries@ahrc.ukri.org

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 Thursday 08:30-17:00 and Friday 08:30-16:30, UK time).


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