Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), UK Research and Innovation: Inviting applications for ‘Global Challenge Research Fund’ to ensure that UK research takes a leading role in addressing the problems faced by developing countries.

Funding brief: The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a five year, £1.5bn resource funding stream, announced as part of the 2015 spending review, to ensure that UK research takes a leading role in addressing the problems faced by developing countries. In addition to a Collective Fund for interdisciplinary research, the Research Councils have each received directly allocated portions of the GCRF. GCRF forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment, which is monitored by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). ODA-funded activity focuses on outcomes that promote the long-term sustainable growth of countries on the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list.

Donor Name: Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), UK Research and Innovation
Funding name: Global Challenge Research Fund

Deadline: 11th, September, 2018 at 4 PM

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: STFC has a GCRF allocation of £3m.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Projects awarded through this call may start on or after 1st, April, 2019 and must end by 31st, March, 2021.

Project duration: 2 years

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
● The lead Research Organization (RO) must be eligible to hold Research Council grants. Full details of approved Research Organizations can be found on the UK Research and Innovation website.
● Lead applicants must be employed within a Research Organization group previously or currently funded by the STFC core Science Programme (nuclear physics, particle physics & particle astrophysics, astronomy & space science, and accelerators & computing in support of these) or employed within STFC Laboratories/Facilities and must show that the work proposed will develop technologies and expertise directly from this research.
● Co-investigators must be based at either the lead organization or a research partner organization. Both UK and international research organizations (for example higher education organizations, public laboratories, or other nonprofit research intensive organizations) can be research partners and receive funds from the STFC GCRF award.

● Any UK-based research intensive organization that is currently not eligible for Research Council funding will need to apply for Independent Research Organization (IRO) status if it is to be a research partner on an STFC GCRF application.
● Proposals for projects must clearly demonstrate that the science, technology and expertise involved originated from the STFC core Science Programme or the STFC national facilities and laboratories.
● The receipt of previous GCRF funding is not a requirement for eligibility.
● Project proposals should be submitted through a Je-S application. Funding for successful projects will be awarded to the lead institution named on each application. This institution will then be responsible for disbursing funds to any other institutions/organizations named on that application. Joint applications involving STFC national facilities and laboratories either as the lead or as a partner Research Organization must submit a separate, related Je-S application for the STFC element.

Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Apply: Click to view
● Guideline: Click to view
● About: Click to view
● Guidance on setting up an Account: Click to view

How to apply: Proposals to be submitted through the Research Councils’ joint electronic Submission (Je-S) system (Click to view).

● To create a new proposal, on logging into Je-S, select:
 Research Council – STFC
 Select the Document type ‘Standard Proposal’
 Select Scheme ‘Official Development Assistance’
 Select call ‘STFC GCRF 2018’
● CVs: Maximum of two pages for each UK and overseas investigator.
● Project Partner Letters of support from project partners: Only if project partners are involved, maximum two pages, guidance can be found on the STFC website. These are important in providing evidence of partner country pull rather than UK push.


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