The Academy of Medical Sciences: Inviting applications for ‘Global Challenges Research Fund Networking Grants’ to support collaborations between developing countries and the UK and to hold networking events aimed at addressing global challenges.

Funding brief: The scheme allows researchers from across disciplines and from developing countries and the UK to hold networking events, to forge new links and generate innovative transdisciplinary research ideas to address global challenges. They expect that these new networks will then be better equipped to apply for larger grants offered by the GCRF programme and other funding initiatives.

The Academy of Medical Sciences is delighted to be working with the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society to offer Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Networking Grants, available through the GCRF, which is part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA).  The GCRF is an initiative that aims to support cutting-edge interdisciplinary research that addresses the global issues faced by developing countries. The GCRF is administered through 17 delivery partners including the Research Councils, the UK National Academies, the UK Space Agency and other funding bodies.

The GCRF Networking Grants will be delivered as part of the Joint Academies Resilient Futures programme. The Academy of Medical Sciences will work collaboratively across the GCRF delivery partners to ensure that these grants provide opportunities for researchers, drawn from a wide spectrum of disciplines and backgrounds, to develop new collaborations, improve interaction between UK researchers and those in developing countries and build communities of researchers that can submit high quality applications for other GCRF funding calls.

The awards provide up to £25,000 over one year to support collaborations between developing countries and the UK and to hold networking events aimed at addressing global challenges.

Donor Name: The Academy of Medical Sciences
Funding name: Global Challenges Research Fund Networking Grants

Deadline: Round 5 deadline-4th, September, 2019 at 17.00 (BST)

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: This scheme is targeted at experienced researchers who are looking to form new international collaborations. The maximum amount available is £25,000 of which £5,000 can be used for consumables for obtaining pilot data, archival research or fieldwork. The remainder can be used to contribute towards travel and subsistence costs, costs associated with networking events, administrative support and access to technical support.

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

Project start date: 31st, January, 2020

Project duration: Projects for Round 5 must start between 31st, January, 2020 and 31st, March, 2020, and the funding will last for one year.

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: Applicants can be from any discipline, and applications should focus on building a collaborative network. Therefore proposals should be submitted jointly by a lead overseas researcher from a developing country and a lead researcher based in the UK.

To be eligible to apply, both applicants must:
Have completed a PhD or have experience at an equivalent level
Have proven research experience in their field
Hold a permanent position at an eligible institution (in the UK or a DAC-listed country), or a fixed term contract for the duration of the award

Lead applicants must not be affiliated to a private or commercial organisation. Applications will not be considered if there is more than one UK co-applicant or an overseas applicant not from a DAC-listed country.

This grant forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA), which promotes economic development and welfare in developing countries. In order for applications to be eligible for this grant, applicants must clearly show that their proposal’s aims are in-line with those of the ODA. These include strengthening global peace and security, promoting global prosperity and tackling extreme poverty. The delivery partners for this scheme have provided some ODA guidance for applicants, which can be downloaded from the right side of this page.

Eligible Country: DAC-listed country

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Apply: Click to view
● Guideline: Click to view or click to view
Proposal Form (Form-GCRF Networking R5 sample form): Click to view
About: Click to view
FAQ: Click to view
ODA Guidelines: Click to view
GCRF Networking Grants Privacy Policy: Click to view

How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).

Round 5 is now open and will be closing on 4 September 2019 17.00 (BST). There will be two further rounds of this grant scheme in 2020, Round 6 (open early 2020) and Round 7.

Applications are invited from researchers affiliated to institutions in DAC-listed countries in collaboration with researchers within eligible UK higher education institutions (HEIs).

You will need to apply for the programme using the Academy’s online grant management system: Flexi-Grant. They do not require a hard-copy to be sent by post. You can download a sample of the application form and the guidance notes from the right hand side of this page, and a word version of the form is available upon request for the purposes of preparing your submission. Please note that all final submissions must be made through the online portal.

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