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. We expect that these new networks will then be better equipped to apply for larger grants offered by the GCRF programme and other funding initiatives.
This is an excellent opportunity for those who are starting to build networks with researchers and stakeholders in DAC List countries. The awards provide up to £25,000 over one year to hold networking events, supporting these collaborations.
The deadline for applications for this round is 21st March 2018. Successful projects must start between 1st July and 30th September 2018 and last for one year. Further details are available on the call page. Please contact us at an early stage if you are interested in applying.
GCRF opportunities are released regularly and although most of them are channelled through the Research Councils, some are also funded via the academies and societies (e.g. British Academy, Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering). In addition, the British Academy in particular has released several international development-related funding opportunities recently which, although not formally part of GCRF, nevertheless may be of interest to academic staff working in these areas.
In addition the University’s GCRF Working Group meets regularly and can provide advice and guidance on GCRF bids in development. Please email your Faculty representative in the first instance.
The Working Group is running a cross-disciplinary networking event on 28th September focusing on the following themes:
Volunteering, NGOs and Civil Society
Migration and the Law
Health, the Arts, and the Humanities
Design and Development
Energy and the Environment
This event is open to all staff from Northumbria who would like to get involved in the GCRF programme. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to attend.
A raft of new calls have been released in recent weeks under the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) banner. You can find out more about them by following the links in the table below.
Several of the calls have restrictions on the number which can be submitted by the host institution, and these are marked with an asterisk (*). We will circulate details of any internal processes which apply via email but please contact us at an early stage if you are interested in developing an application for any of these calls.
Northumbria University has a GCRF Working Group and a network of staff with relevant research experience are available to provide guidance and support on bids to these schemes as they develop. Please visit our GCRF webpages to find out more.
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.
The Royal Academy of Engineering offers seven Research Fellowships each year to outstanding early career engineering researchers, who are hosted by a UK higher education institute/university. These highly prestigious five-year Research Fellowships are designed to promote excellence in engineering by providing support for high-quality candidates to become future research leaders.
This year, the Royal Academy of Engineering’s prestigious Research Fellowships scheme will open 30th June and close at 4pm on 6th September 2017. As the number of bids per institution is restricted, Northumbria University has an internal selection process for this call – see below for further information and note this has an internal deadline of 13th July 2017.
The Academy will award 7 Research Fellowships and, as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund, up to 4 additional Engineering for Development Research Fellowships. The latter fellowships must positively impact social and economic development in one or more DAC list countries.
Who can apply?
Applicants must have been awarded a PhD within the four years prior to the submission deadline. Existing PhD students can apply but only if they will complete their PhD prior to the take up of the award. Applicants must not hold a permanent academic position, but fixed-term postdoctoral staff would be eligible. If you’ve applied previously but were unsuccessful, you can re-apply assuming you still meet the other eligibility criteria. There are no nationality restrictions.
Which disciplines do the fellowships cover?
The fellowship must be in the broad area of ‘engineering’, which for RAEng encompasses: civil, construction and environmental engineering; materials and mining; chemical and process engineering; aerospace; transport and mechanical engineering; manufacturing and design; electrical and electronic engineering; energy and power; medical and bioengineering; computing and communications. More detail on all of these areas is given in the scheme guidance.
How much funding is available?
For the standard Research Fellowships, applications are capped at a maximum contribution from the Academy of £500,000 over the 5-year period, at 80% of full economic costs. For the Engineering for Development Research Fellowships, an additional £25k per annum is ring-fenced for the development of international collaborations in order to deliver the research outputs and build pathways to positively impact or contribute to the
sustainable economic or social development of a country or countries on the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list.
Are there limits on the number of proposals?
Yes. Each university is only permitted to submit a maximum of three applications*, with an additional application permitted if the applicant is a member of a group which has been evidenced as persistently underrepresented within engineering (i.e. women and black & minority ethnic groups). Northumbria University is therefore adopting an internal selection process for this call:
All potential applicants should submit i) a two-page outline describing the proposed project and ii) up to three-page CV by 13th July 2017 to email@example.com (please make sure these are two separate attachments – Word or PDF – and please include applicant surname in the filename for both documents).
The two-page outline should include the following information: title, abstract, subject area, objectives, timeliness/novelty, beneficiaries and impact, ambitions & career plans (further information about what to include under each of these headings can be found in the scheme guidance, though note that the word limits don’t apply here as long as you keep the outline under two pages A4).
The CV is left to the applicant’s discretion, but should include a list of publications, any grants awarded, and any postdoctoral positions. You may wish to indicate which publications you deem most significant. The CV should be no more than three sides A4.
An internal review group consisting of senior academics from relevant disciplines and Faculties will be convened and will make a decision about which applications will be supported by the 21st July giving the selected applicant(s) 6 weeks to work on the full proposal before the deadline.
The GCRF is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries through: challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research; strengthening capacity for research and innovation within both the UK and developing countries; providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.
Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in high-level discussions around the initial RCUK GCRF challenge areas, as well as practicalities around delivery of the fund, in particular building capability overseas, enabling interdisciplinarity, ensuring impact in developing countries, and ensuring ODA compliance.
Registration is now open to individuals from any academic discipline or professional area (e.g. civil society organisations, NGOs etc.) with a vested interest in international development and global challenges. Please note that while this is an open registration process, individuals should be able to represent a breadth of discipline areas and approaches, and will be required to contribute to strategic discussions that may be outside of their usual academic or professional area(s) of expertise.
There will be four events:
29 June – The Village Hotel, Coventry
4 July – The Amba Hotel, London
6 July – The Angel Hotel, Cardiff
11 July – The Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh
If you would like to attend, please send a brief justification as soon as possible explaining your current position and your interest in and experience of international development and tackling global challenges to firstname.lastname@example.org. Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis at the discretion of RCUK.