Four major research funders have come together to offer a call for Networking Grants under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).
The Academy of Medical Sciences, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, and Royal Society will award up to 20 networking grants in this round, of up £25,000 each.
The range of funders engaged in the call reveals the breadth of eligible academic fields. In fact, the call guidance does not stipulate a particular field at all. Rather, grants will be awarded on the potential of the project to create partnerships, particularly where these partnerships could develop into long-term relationships and exchange mechanisms. This is no short-term plan: the funders wish to establish sustainable and long lasting links.
Other assessment criteria will be built around the concept of GCRF: your project must show primary benefit to a relevant country. Such countries are found on the DAC register. To be eligible, the lead applicant must be from such a country with the UK applicant known as the co-applicant (however the UK lead will submit the proposal).
According to the call guidance, projects should "seek to support the development of:
Equitable Access to Sustainable Development - creating new knowledge and drive innovation that helps to ensure that everyone across the globe has access to:
- secure and resilient food systems supported by sustainable marine resources and agriculture
- sustainable health and well being
- inclusive and equitable quality education
- clean air, water and sanitation
- affordable, reliable, sustainable energy
Sustainable Economies and Societies - encouraging research that for the longer-term builds:
- sustainable livelihoods supported by strong foundations for inclusive economic growth and innovation
- resilience and action on short-term environmental shocks and long-term environmental change
- sustainable cities and communities
- sustainable production and consumption of materials and other resources
Human Rights, Good Governance and Social Justice - supporting research that enables us to:
- understand and respond effectively to forced displacement and multiple refugee crises
- reduce conflict and promote peace, justice and humanitarian action
- reduce poverty and inequality, including gender inequalities.
Of the funding, up to £5,000 is available for consumables and fieldwork, but the bulk of the funding is intended for travel, netowkring activities, admin support, technical support and any necessary animal usage costs. In other words, very little research is intended to be part of these projects: it's all about making the connections for future research. Salaries are not available in this funding scheme.
Projects should run for up to 1 year, starting between 01 July 2018 and 30 September 2018. The deadline for applications is 21 March 2018. Please contact RIDO if you are considering an application.