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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

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The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), on behalf of UKRI, is planning to announce a new funding call in early 2020 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.

The call will aim to develop innovative approaches to preventative and resilience building measures in developing country contexts affected by both conflict, fragility and violence (including contexts of conflict prevention and transitions from conflict) and extreme poverty and inequalities. It will have a particular focus on co-designing tailored, innovative, contextually-appropriate, responses which address the underlying drivers of fragility and factors of resilience and meet the needs of vulnerable and at risk groups facing multi-dimensional, intersecting and compounding risks and challenges, including those which cross borders and/or are multi-scalar and multi-temporal. It will support the development of:

  • contextually informed research engaged with local cultures, histories, knowledges and communities;
  • equitable partnerships, cross-national collaboration and reciprocal learning;
  • inter-disciplinary and cross-sectoral research innovation.

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. Conflict portfolio Challenge Leader, Dr Neelam Raina, is currently undertaking further development and consultation activities to feed into the finalisation of the call details. 

AHRC will be 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.

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 01/05/2020

Closing Dates

The anticipated timetable for the call is summarised below

Call opens

February/March 2020

Call Close

May 2020


July 2020

Expected grant start dates

September/October 2020

How to make an application

Applications for the funding call will have to be submitted (in English) through the Research Councils’ Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system.

Further Information

A more detailed pre-call announcement will be available here shortly.

Full information about the call will be made available in February/ March 2020.

We are currently reviewing the potential for organising an optional Town Meeting/ workshop and/or webinar for potential applicants to this call. Further details will be provided on this webpage when any events are confirmed. 

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

Applications will need to be collaborative between UK-based and LMIC-based investigators and research partners.

It is expected that collaborative applications led by UK and LMIC-based researchers will be eligible subject to due diligence and appropriate and equitable UK-LMIC collaborative partnerships. 

A single call for full applications is envisaged with a one-stage review process by an expert cross-disciplinary international assessment panel.

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


Nathan Tuffin, Strategy and Development Manager

e: nathan.tuffin@ahrc.ukri.ac.uk

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