The Academy of Medical Sciences is delighted to announce the second call for applications for GCRF Networking Grant applications. 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.
The Academy of Medical Sciences is delighted to be working with the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society to offer Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Networking Grants, available through the GCRF, which is part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA). 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 other funding bodies.
The GCRF Networking Grants will be delivered as part of the Joint Academies Resilient Futures programme. The Academy of Medical Sciences will work collaboratively across the GCRF delivery partners to ensure that these grants provide opportunities for researchers, drawn from a wide spectrum of disciplines and backgrounds, to develop new collaborations, improve interaction between UK researchers and those in developing countries and build communities of researchers that can submit high quality applications for other GCRF funding calls.
-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.
-This grant forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA), which promotes economic development and welfare in developing countries. 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. These include strengthening global peace and security, promoting global prosperity and tackling extreme poverty. The delivery partners for this scheme have provided some ODA guidance for applicants, which can be downloaded from the right side of this page.
-Projects must start between 1 July 2018 and 30 September 2018, and the funding will last for one year. Full details of eligibility for this scheme are outlined in the guidance, which can be downloaded from the right side of this page when the scheme is open for applications. Please read this carefully before submitting an application.
-This scheme is targeted at experienced researchers who are looking to form new international collaborations.
-The maximum amount available is £25,000 of which £5,000 can be used for consumables for obtaining pilot data, 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.
All GCRF Networking Grants awardees will be required to report via Researchfish annually by the end of March each year throughout their grant and for three years after the completion of their award. Click here for full reporting instructions.
You will also need to submit a Final Expenditure Report within 3 months of the end of your grant in addition to submitting Researchfish data. You can download the final expenditure form from the right hand side of this page.
How to apply
There will be two funding rounds in 2018, with the first Selection Panel meeting in May.
Applications are invited from researchers affiliated to institutions in DAC-listed countries in collaboration with researchers within eligible UK higher education institutions (HEIs).
You will need to apply for the programme using the Academy’s online grant management system: Flexi-Grant. We do not require a hard-copy to be sent by post.
-You can download a sample of the application form and the guidance notes from the right hand side of this page when a round is open for applications. To keep up to date with news and round openings please follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
-You are encouraged to engage with your colleagues, mentors and other senior academics during the development of your application.
-Please visit the grants advice page for guidance to help you prepare your application, including tips on grant writing and preparing a lay summary.
-Your application will be reviewed by Fellows across all of the partnership Academies and experts from developing or Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs), and you will not need to attend an interview. We will let you know within three months of the submission deadline whether you have been successful.
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