GCRF is a £1.5 billion fund to support cutting edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. It’s designed to achieve this by:
- Challenge led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research (see figure below for challenge areas).
- Strengthening capacity for research and innovation in the UK and developing countries.
- Providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need
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This fund forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment, therefore only research that is directly and primarily relevant to the problems of developing countries is applicable. The fund will be administered by delivery partners including the four national academies and the UK research councils.
GCRF funding through RCUK– How does it differ from conventional RCUK type applications?
- The key differences in GCRF research applications is that the emphasis must be on the impact that the research will generate in respect of the key areas.
- Competitive applications will identify the groups that will benefit within the target countries (which must come from the OECD Development Assistance Committees list of low and middle income countries).
- Explain how these groups will benefit and how the benefits can be scaled up elsewhere if feasible.
- Work through co-creation where possible – bring people living and working in the target countries into the consortium where possible.
- Remember that it is still an RCUK application; despite this need for an emphasis on impact, it is still an RCUK application therefore the criteria for research excellence cannot be overlooked. Make sure to explain how your research is exciting, cutting-edge, novel and significant.