Global Challenges Research Fund Networking Grants for Researchers from Developing Countries and the UK

A great funding opportunity to build international networks:
GCRF Networking Grants

Course(s) Offered: Research ideas
Course Level: Networking
Provider: AMS, BA, RAE, RS
Country to Study in: UK

Scholarship Description
The Academy of Medical Sciences in partnership with the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society, is delighted to announce the inaugural call for applications to a new scheme, Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Networking Grants for researchers from developing countries and the UK.

This scheme is targeted at experienced researchers who are looking to form new international collaborations. The GCRF Networking Grants allows these researchers (from developing countries and the UK) to forge new links and hold networking events to generate innovative and interdisciplinary research ideas to address global challenges.

This financial support, Global Challenges Research Fund Networking Grants, will enable these new networks to be better equipped to apply for larger grants offered by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) programme and other funding initiatives.

Applications should focus on building a collaborative network and therefore 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.

Eligible groups
Citizens of Developing countries (see list of DAC countries) and the UK

Participating Institutions
Research institutions in Developing countries and the UK

Fields of study
This grant forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA), which promotes economic development and welfare in developing countries. Proposal aims must be in-line with those of the ODA. These include strengthening global peace and security, promoting global prosperity, and tackling extreme poverty.

Number of awards
There will be funding available for 40 awards per year

Sponsorship duration
Awards are available for up to one year. Should the budget not be spent at the end of the award period, applicants may be able to apply for a no-cost-extension. Projects must start between 1st January 2018 and 31st March 2018, and the funding will last for one year

Scholarship benefits
The maximum amount available is £25,000 of which £5,000 can be used for consumables for pilot experiments, 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.

Grants cannot be used to pay for salary costs or to employ research assistants, PhD students or postdoctoral staff.

Method of Application
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. Full details of eligibility for this scheme and how to apply are outlined in the GCRF Networking Grants: guidance for applicants. Please read this carefully before submitting an application.

Due to timings there will be one awards round in year 1 (2017-2018). There will be two award rounds in subsequent years. Closing date for this inaugural year is Wednesday, 6 September 2017 17:00 BST

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 funding bodies.

Application Deadline: 6 September 2017
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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