The Royal Society: Inviting applications for ‘Global Challenges Research Fund Challenge-led Grants’ to support research consortia involving groups in the UK and developing countries to address Global Challenges with a focus on resilience.

Funding brief: This scheme, led by the Royal Society on behalf of the National Academies, provides funding to support research consortia involving groups in the UK and developing countries to address Global Challenges with a focus on resilience. This £8 million call invites proposals from researchers across all academic disciplines. These interdisciplinary consortia will generate new approaches to significant and complex resilience problems facing developing countries and will consist of one UK research group and two developing country research groups.

Objective: Objectives of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Challenge-led Grants are:
● Funding excellence – Generate excellent and novel research on global challenges directly and primarily relevant to developing countries that cuts across multiple thematic areas covered by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
● Supporting collaboration – Support the development of sustainable consortia comprising outstanding researchers in the UK and the best research groups in DAC-list countries to generate new approaches to the most significant and complex problems faced by developing countries.
● Promoting interdisciplinary approaches – Promote collaboration across different disciplines to take an interdisciplinary approach that generates new knowledge and insights from across different research disciplines.
● Strengthening research capacity – Strengthen research capacity in developing countries through collaboration, sharing of knowledge and skills, and exchange of staff between research groups in the UK and their partners in developing countries.

The scheme is not intended to supplement existing grants.

The proposed research must be interdisciplinary and fall within the remit of the UK ● National Academies and be interdisciplinary:
● Royal Society (natural sciences, including engineering)
● British Academy (social sciences and humanities)
● Academy of Medical Sciences (medical and clinical research)
● Royal Academy of Engineering (engineering)

Criteria: The primary considerations will be:
● How the proposal will address two or more global challenges directly and primarily relevant to developing countries and the potential application(s) of the research work.
● The strength of the interdisciplinary research collaboration and team, complementarity of competencies, skills and knowledge, and potential of the proposed project to develop new directions of research.
● The importance and academic merit of the proposed research and the clarity, quality and originality of the proposed interdisciplinary project and likely contribution to the research fields, and whether the research plan is clearly defined and feasible.
● The track record of the applicants and their ability to develop and lead the research.

Donor Name: The Royal Society
Funding name: Global Challenges Research Fund Challenge-led Grants

Deadline: Tuesday, 11th, September, 2018 (15.00 UK Time)

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: The awards will provide up to £500,000 and 2.5 years of support to these research consortia.

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

Project start date: Successful projects must start by March, 2019.

Project duration: Awards are expected to run for two and a half years each (requests for no-costs extensions will be considered).

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
Applicant Eligibility
● The scheme is open to UK-based researchers (named applicant) and two overseas researchers (named co-applicants) who should be based in a country on the OECD DAC list (DAC list countries can be found at http://www.oecd.org/dac/stats/daclist.htm).
● The applicant and co-applicants should have completed a PhD or have extensive experience at an equivalent level, and must be recognized as independent group leaders with the ability to have significant intellectual input and form part of the leadership team actively assisting in the direction and management of the project.
● The applicant and co-applicants must hold a permanent or fixed term contract for the duration of the award at a university or not-for-profit research institution in their respective countries. Ineligible organizations include industrial, private and commercial organizations, university spin-out companies, and governmental bodies.
● Applicants are not permitted to submit more than one application to this call.
● Projects can include any number of specified ‘Other participants’ who may be part of the research groups or be relevant affiliated stakeholders participating in workshops etc. Not all ‘Other participants’ have to be in a DAC-list country. They can include relevant industry, policy or practitioner stakeholders.

Proposal Eligibility
● Proposals must address research questions or projects relevant to global challenge areas as highlighted on page 2 (Guideline), and be directly and primarily relevant to the problems of developing countries.
● Proposals must address at least two of the 12 global challenge areas on page 2 (Guideline) with at least one in areas 1-9 (Equitable Access to Sustainable Development and Sustainable Economies and Societies).
● Proposals must demonstrate an interdisciplinary approach that generates new knowledge and insights from across different research disciplines. A description of interdisciplinary research for the purposes of this call is included on page 3 (Guideline).
● Applications are welcome from partners conducting research in fields that are not traditionally associated with global challenges.
● All research applications under the Global Challenge Research Fund must comply with eligibility requirements for Official Development Assistance for funding from the Global Challenge Research Fund, details of which can be found within these guidelines. The Academies encourage applicants from underrepresented groups.

Eligible Country: The scheme is open to UK-based researchers (named applicant) and two overseas researchers (named co-applicants) who should be based in a country on the OECD DAC list (DAC list countries can be found at http://www.oecd.org/dac/stats/daclist.htm).

 Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Apply:Click to view
● Guideline: Click to view
● About: Click to view

How to apply: Applications should be submitted through the Royal Society’s grants and awards management system (Flexi-Grant®).

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