ESRC announces Global Challenges Research Fund projects

Research and Innovation Development Office

Category: Awards

22 March 2017

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has announced the projects funded under its Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

The Fund is a mechanism by which the UK can invest in developing low or middle income countries (LMICs) qualifying for official development assistance (ODA), and makes up a portion of the Government's spend in the form of aid.

ESRC established its SDAI scheme to encourage researchers to maximise the usage of data gathered previously. Applying existing data in different ways can give fascinating new insight to researchers, as well as broadening their experience of different forms of information and techniques. In this round, the following projects have succeded in winning funding:

  • Dynamics of health and environmental inequalities in Hebei Province, China
    Professor Gwilym Pryce, University of Sheffield
  • Economic empowerment and intimate partner violence in Sub-Saharan Africa
    Dr Heidi Stöckl, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Pseudo-panels for long period analysis of African household surveys
    Professor Oliver Morrisey, University of Nottingham
  • Interventions for older people in Sub-Saharan Africa
    Professor Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, University of East Anglia
  • Developing an environmentally-adjusted index for multidimensional poverty
    Dr Bhaskar Vira, University of Cambridge
  • Conflict and private economic activity: an analysis of new harmonised household data from Sub-Saharan Africa (COPE)
    Dr Tommaso Ciarli, University of Sussex
  • Measuring and mapping the prevalence and patterning of multiple malnutrition in young children in West and Central Africa
    Dr Shailen Nandy, Cardiff University

The call highlights some useful points for ARU researchers: consider exploiting existing data repositories in new ways, and keep an eye out for GCRF calls (especially the unusual ones)!

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