Global Challenges Research Fund Collective Programme – pre-call announcement

Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Collective Programme calls will be announced shortly[1]. This is a perfect time to plan your strategy, start thinking about your approach to this opportunity and prime your networks so that you can respond to calls as they are opened.

The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) GCRF Collective Programme is a series of calls designed to enhance the overall impact across the six strategic GCRF Challenge portfolios:

  • Cities and Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Education
  • Food Systems
  • Global Health
  • Resilience to Environmental Shocks and Change
  • Security Protracted Conflict, Refugee Crises and Forced Displacement

This is an interdisciplinary programme delivered by UKRI and steered by the nine GCRF Challenge Leaders[2]. This interdisciplinarity is a key element of GCRF. GCRF focuses on challenge led interdisciplinary research that strengthens research and innovation capacity of developing countries, as well as contributing to the continued strength of the UK’s research and innovation system.

The Collective Programme will provide interesting chances for interdisciplinary and intersectoral working. One such opportunity will be the joint call from the Economic Social Research Council, National Environmental Research Council and Innovate UK, entitled ‘Sustainable energy and international development: beyond technology’[3]. Full call details will be published in April 2019.

Timescales for the programme

Some calls will be announced very soon, for example in January 2019 Arts Humanities Research Council will be announcing calls in the following areas[4]:

  • Preventing Conflict, Building Sustainable and Inclusive Peace (Network Plus Scheme)
  • Protection in Contexts of Conflict and Displacement (Network Plus Scheme and Research Programme)
  • Education in Conflict and Crisis Research (Network Plus Scheme)
  • Cultures and Histories of Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition (Partnership Building Grants Calls)

Other calls will be announced later in the year, so keep a look out for further announcements or consider setting up email alerts with the appropriate research councils.

Planning and developing a strategy to respond

Consider attending one of the upcoming town hall meetings to find out more call details. The Research Council websites provide details on these opportunities.

  • Impact planning is a vital part of becoming ‘bid ready’ especially for the challenge led GCRF. Take a look at our article on Theory of Change for support on developing strong impact plans.
  • Reach out to your networks and consider how a project could be structured. Co-design of projects is expected as part of GCRF so early conversations with global academic networks as well as connecting with wider stakeholders and beneficiaries is vital.
  • Going through the Theory of Change steps should help give structure to this process
    Talk to your Research Office and Head of School. It’s important to let people in your organisation know about your plans as soon as possible and can often result in you being able to access additional bid development support.

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