The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) have recently announced a call for Global Challenges Research Fund “Foundation Awards”. These will provide funding to address challenges faced by Low and Middle Income Countries based on STFC eligible research. Uses might include:
- Developing new capacity building and/or research collaborations or partnerships, including training at all career levels
- Partnership building including networks, seminars and workshops to explore and identify areas for cooperation, secondments and movement of people (including students)
- Exploratory or pump priming research studies for investigation of new approaches and/or generation of preliminary data
- Creating effective pathways to impact in LMICs
Two types of projects are available: small (<£100k, <12 months) projects aimed at exploring the needs of LMICs, building collaborations and/or piloting activities; and larger (>£100k, <24 months) projects where collaboration and proven approaches are established and in a position to deliver long term, sustainable impact.
There is a briefing event in London on 21st July which you can now register to attend.
The University’s GCRF Working Group is available to offer advice and guidance on partnerships with LMICs and GCRF-relevant research generally.