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GCRF International Development Highlight Notice: Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement 2019

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Funded under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), this highlight notice seeks to encourage innovative proposals for enhancing inclusive engagement with, and impacts from, research funded by the AHRC in one or more countries which receive Official Development Assistance (ODA) and/or which will contribute more broadly to international development. This highlight notice forms a part of AHRC’s wider activities under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)

This may include knowledge exchange, public engagement/participation (in LMICs), public policy, pathways to impact, non-academic dissemination, innovation, practice-based and commercialisation activities that arise unforeseeably during the lifespan of, or following, an AHRC-funded project and which have the potential to contribute towards international development and the welfare of people in LMICs.

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

Please note this call is open to proposals led by LMIC researchers. Please see section V. of the call specification for specific eligibility requirements.

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 18/09/2019

Closing Date: 18/09/2019

The deadline for receiving applications is 16:00 (UK time) on 18 September 2019



Application forms available on Je-S

14 June 2019

Deadline for submissions

18 September 2019

Panel meeting

November 2019

Funding decisions to be issued

End of November 2019

Start date of awards

No later than 15 January 2020

How to make an application

All proposals for the AHRC Follow on Fund: 2019 Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Highlight Notice must be submitted through the Je-S system by 18 September 2019, 16:00.

For detailed information see the Call Guidance document below.

Further Information

  • Fund limit: up to fEC £100,000 in total
  • Project duration: maximum 12 months
  • Project latest start date: 15 January 2020
  • Eligibility: Standard FoF eligibility criteria in section 3 of AHRC funding guide (link), additional requirements see See call spec (link)
  • Principal Investigators: PIs from LMIC Research Organisations eligible subject to meeting additional requirements seen in section V of call specification
  • Collaboration: Proposals will be expected to involve equitable partnerships with Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICS) (i.e. countries on the DAC list of ODA recipients for 2018-20) and/or with development organisations and to explore unanticipated or emergent pathways to impact directly related to current or past AHRC-funded (including research funded under delegated funding e.g. through AHRC GCRF Network Plus awards) or co-funded AHRC GCRF/ Newton Fund research. All proposals consideration under this highlight notice must meet ODA compliance requirements


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

Call Guidance Document

Please note that this is being run in parallel with an associated GCRF Highlight Notice within AHRC’s Research Networking scheme[add link when available]


For more information on the call, contact enquiries@ahrc.ukri.org

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