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GCRF Network Plus

The Network Plus funding model is a flexible mechanism whereby funding is allocated to a lead Research Organisation to support a cross-institutional leadership team and international and non-academic partners.

The model facilitates the development of partnerships between academics, NGOs, policymakers and practitioners in both the Global North and South, allowing for integrated and crosscutting activities. They will be a source of robust evidence that informs debate and feeds into policy and practice.

Partnerships between leading researchers in the UK and the Global South are vital in bringing innovative approaches to, and deep understanding of, some of the most pressing challenges of our time. The arts and humanities have a critical role to play in tackling development challenges, building capacity in partner countries and laying a foundation for future collaborations in development research.”

Professor Andrew Thompson, Chief Executive of the AHRC

The Network Plus model has been adopted for a number of calls under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), including the ‘AHRC GCRF Area-Focused Network Plus Call’ (launched in 2016) and the 2018/19 UKRI GCRF Collective Programme.

Below are case studies from five of the major interdisciplinary networks that were funded as part of the Area-Focused call. For details of the grants run by these Networks please access their respective websites. 

Changing the Story

Helps young people whose lives have been affected by conflict; it will showcase how the arts and humanities can help those in need.

Changing the Story

Global Research Network on Parliaments and People

Investigates the vital role arts and humanities play in strengthening democracy internationally.

Global Research Network on Parliaments and People

Rising from the Depths


Studying marine cultural heritage along the coast of east Africa in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar.

Rising from the Depths network
 

The Nahrein Network

A historical project that aims to prove the value of the arts and humanities to education and post-conflict development in Iraq and neighbouring countries.

The Nahrein Network

The Anti-Slavery Knowledge Network

A network that explores how the arts and humanities can address contemporary forms of enslavement by adopting a community-engaged, human rights focus.

The Anti-Slavery Knowledge Network

Network Plus objectives

Each of the multi-institutional and cross-disciplinary teams will work extensively with researchers, organisations, and communities based on the ground to build partnerships and deliver effective solutions.

These will demonstrate the importance of areas such as culture, languages, identities and local contexts as foundations for addressing development challenges.

Strands of activity

The networks support the co-production of research through three linked strands of activity:

  • initial scoping, capability development and partnership building
  • new funding calls
  • evaluation and legacy planning

They are working extensively with more than 40 international research organisations and non-academic partners, such as the British Council, Basrah Museum, the Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation, the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation, and UNESCO.