Funding brief: The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a five-year £1.5 billion fund and a key component in the delivery of the UK Aid Strategy: tackling global challenges in the national interest. The fund aims to ensure that UK research takes a leading role in addressing the problems faced by developing countries through:
challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research
strengthening capacity for research and innovation within both the UK and developing countries providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.
As part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), UK Research and Innovation invites proposals for community building networks focused around research challenges within the six strategic GCRF Challenge portfolios:
● Cities and Sustainable Infrastructure
● Food Systems
● Global Health
● Resilience to Environmental Shocks and Change
● Security Protracted Conflict, Refugee Crises and Forced Displacement
These networks are funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and therefore are required to address challenges primarily relevant to the health or prosperity of a country or countries on the OECD DAC List, however this need not be limited to the country of residence of the Network Director.
They anticipate funding 1-3 networks in each of the above portfolios, depending on the quality of applications received. Whilst they welcome Networks in any challenges relevant to these portfolios, the GCRF Challenge Leaders have identified the following priority areas in which we would particularly welcome applications:
Cities and Sustainable Infrastructure This network call welcomes proposals that engage critically with cities as complex systems, and recognize that urban areas not only concentrate opportunities, jobs, and services, they are important constellations of knowledge and culture. Equally however, cities and towns are not immune to failure. Urban spaces, processes and institutions are gendered, and can become unequal, segregated, and radicalised. Over time such inequalities get locked into spatial forms, institutions and infrastructures. Local actions of at-risk and vulnerable groups need to be understood as they often are the catalysts that drive positive urban transformations. Understanding and navigating within this type of complexity requires interdisciplinarity, but in ways that are actionable and legible to local practitioners and change makers. Topics of particular interest for this call include but are not limited to:
● Creating safe and inclusive cities
● Living in the built environment and Non-Communicable Diseases
● Youth, jobs and cities
● Cities, conservation and cultural heritage
● Affordable housing and accessible infrastructure
● Design, disability and demography
Education in Emergencies Conflicts, natural disasters and public health emergencies prevent millions of children from attending school each year.
Yet the Inter-Agency Network Education in Emergencies (INEE) notes that there continues to be ‘limited research evidence on the value and impact of education in the prevention of, response to and recovery from natural disasters and complex emergencies’. Exploration of learning at any stage of, or across, the educational lifecourse, including early childhood development, primary, secondary, non-formal, technical, vocational, higher and adult education will be considered. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, interdisciplinary explorations of the following:
Education responses in Urban settings
● Education and physical, psychosocial, and cognitive protection
● Overcoming barriers to education access
● Teacher training, learning and development
● Learning within specific crisis affected groups, such as ex-combatants, injured, orphaned, traumatised, marginalized
● Education, resilience and social cohesion
Food Systems portfolio
● Reducing food loss and waste (throughout value chains)
● Food systems in conflict environment
● Nutrition education
● Integrated approaches to micronutrient intake (biofortification and fortification)
● Scaling up local agricultural technology (agritech) for sustainable development
● Enhancing disaster risk insurance for development
Global Health portfolio Health and well-being is not only a fundamental human right but also indispensable for sustainable development.
Progress has been made in health but challenges remain where the causes of ill health are multifactorial and could be associated with the environment, poverty, inequality or stigma. This Network call welcomes proposals that seek an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to develop solutions to the major health challenges identified in the UN Sustainable Development Goal 3. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
● Infectious disease
● Non-communicable disease
● Child and maternal health
● Sexual health
● Mental health
● Health related to air, soil and water pollution
Resilience to Environmental Shocks and Change The SDGs and Sendai Framework call for resilience building that is transformational – that opens space and enhances practice for more just and sustainable futures. This goes beyond policy framing to ‘do no harm’ towards the aim of ‘building back better’ in ways that ‘leave no-one behind’. Networks will be supported that bring together cross-sectoral research, policy and practice with focus on specific geographical or policy areas where science can be a facilitator for transformation within climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction processes, integrating these more clearly with development. In particular, networks should consider how they can contribute to building and strengthening communities of practice working post-disaster:
● Across more than one hazard type (including extending beyond natural hazards)
● Connecting preparedness, response, recovery and development.
● Across cultural contexts
● Across scale and trade-offs between immediate and long-term concerns.
● Across risk modelling traditions
Security Protracted Conflict, Refugee Crises and Forced Displacement This network call welcomes proposals that promote critical thinking and address the role of assumptions, and other potentially problematic aspects of interventions designed for countering Violent Extremism. This includes approaches that move away from the ‘structural drivers’ alone and also distinguish between individual incentives and enabling factors within non-urban and international borders in fragile regions. The significance, value and utility of social networks, mentoring as well as the myriad meanings of justice and its role in Violent Extremism is a research gap that this network call seeks to address. Topics of interest for this call include but are not limited to:
● Prevention and its relationship with Resilience
● The role of ‘inclusion’ in State Policy and Non-State Actors
● Conflict and Livelihoods
● Conflict, Health and Education
● Violent Extremism – preventing and countering
● Community driven initiatives from PCVE
● ‘Do No Harm’ approach to Development initiatives – critical evaluation
● Emerging fragilities
● ‘Exclusion’ and approaches to resolution
● Education, Conflict and Prevention
● Conflict Prevention – rural and city
Networks must clearly demonstrate how they will add value to and complement existing development partnerships and global research landscape, including previous network investments by the GCRF.
Network Management, Membership and Activities Each Network will be led by a Network Director (Principal Investigator [PI]) who can be assisted by ONE Network Co-Director (Co-Investigator [CoI]). The Network Director must be an academic based at an eligible research organization in a country on the OECD DAC list, the Co-Director can be based at an eligible research organization in a country on the OECD DAC list or in the UK. It is expected that the day-to-day management of each Network will be undertaken by a suitably qualified Network Manager employed by the Director and/or Co-Director’s organization. Each Network should:
● have international membership from the relevant academic, business and stakeholder communities, in particular those from countries on the OECD’s DAC list.
● be interdisciplinary and comprise a diversity of expertise and experience.
● include participation at all levels including, where appropriate, postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers as well as more senior members.
These funds are to support running costs, events and activities.
Donor Name: The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), UK Research and Innovation
Funding name: No specific fund name
Deadline: 11th, October, 2018 at 16:00 British Summer Time
Funding details link: Click to view
Funding limit: Up to £150,000 is available per network, over a 2 year period.
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
Project start date: Not found
Project duration: 2 year period
Eligible organization: As below
● The Network Director (Principal Investigator) for each Network must be an academic based at an eligible research organization in a country on the OECD DAC list.
● The eligibility criteria below, particularly the eligibility of non-UK based academics to act as the lead applicant (Network Director), refers to this call only, eligibility for this call does not confer eligibility for any future UKRI or GCRF calls.
● The Network Director must have completed a PhD or have equivalent experience and have a permanent position or fixed-term contract for the duration of the award at an eligible research organization in a country on the OECD DAC list. The Co-Director must also have completed a PhD or have equivalent experience and have a permanent position or fixed-term contract for the duration of the award at an eligible research organization either in a country on the OECD DAC list or in the UK. Eligible research organizations are education organizations, public laboratories, or other non-profit research intensive organizations. The criteria for eligibility are outlined in the table below; prior to completing an Outline application, applicants should be confident that their institution will meet these eligibility criteria.
● At the full application stage, a letter of support from the Pro-Vice Chancellor for research (or equivalent authority) of the organization will be required to confirm that they are able to meet the eligibility and assurance requirements identified in the table below, and agree to provide information to UK Research and Innovation when requested. In the letter they should also provide a contact email address for any due diligence enquiries.
|Ability to deliver
|● Provide evidence of a strong track record of maximizing the wider impact and value of its research to the benefit of local economies and society;
● Have a cohort of researchers (normally a minimum of 10) with sufficient capacity to deliver research and a demonstrated track record. This should include a significant number of publications in journals and/or monographs with key academic publishers, and/or other outputs that have been subject to peer review. Journal quality should take into account benchmark measures appropriate to the regional context and research disciplines;
● Have a track record of staff, while employed at the organization, leading or co-leading innovative research projects in the previous five years including, if applicable, directing postdoctoral researchers and/or research students; and
● Have sufficient financial support for research at the organizational level to ensure the availability of essential infrastructure and the long-term sustainability of research activity, as evidenced by research project income across all projects totaling at least £100k pa over the previous three years. Governance and control
|● Be a higher education organization, public laboratory, or non-profit research intensive organization;
● Have a governing board with representation independent of the institution appointed to jointly oversee the management of the whole organization;
● Have satisfactory processes for preventing, detecting, reporting and responding to allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption;
● Have satisfactory processes for the effective collection, management, analysis and dissemination of data;
● Have satisfactory processes in place that meet Research Integrity and Ethics requirements, including processes for dealing with allegations of misconduct;
● Be subject to an independent annual audit; and
● Have measures in place to prevent and mitigate conflict of interest which could affect employees or governing board members participation in decision-making.
|Financial stability||● Be permitted by their country’s government to receive funding from foreign sources;
● Have a bank account that is in its legal name; and that can be reconciled to the finance management system;
● Have a basic finance management system that can be used to reconcile the bank account, to record all cash and payments ensuring that all transactions can be individually identified and provides suitable storage for supporting documentation; and
● Have satisfactory procedures in place for making payments for per diem, travel advances or review of receipts and subsequent reimbursement of expenses for approved official travel. Sub-contract Management
|● Ensure there is a policy in place to sufficiently manage sub-contractors
including provisions for ensuring their compliance with UKRI terms and
● For organizations that are registered in multiple countries the capacity of the whole organization may be factored into meeting the eligibility criteria as long as the overall research environment meets that criteria and that the organization works in a joined up way, i.e., not fragmented research centres in different countries.
● As part of UK Research and Innovation funding assurance, organizations may be requested to complete a UK Research and Innovation Overseas Due Diligence Questionnaire. Please be aware that organizations may be contacted by UK Research and Innovation at any point during the expert review process. This is in order to expedite our assurance process.
Eligible Country: The Network Director (Principal Investigator) for each Network must be an academic based at an eligible research organization in a country on the OECD DAC list.
Submission mail: Not found
How to apply: Outline applications must be submitted through smart survey: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/UKRI-GCRF-GENetworks/ .
● There will be a 2 stage application process: an initial mandatory outline stage will be assessed for eligibility and relevance and fit to the call; successful applications will be invited to submit a full application, which will be assessed by an external expert review panel.
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