The second Collective Fund call for Interdisciplinary Research Hubs to Address Intractable Challenges Faced by Developing Countries is now live, with a closing date for outline applications of 9th November 2017.
The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a 5-year £1.5Bn fund and a key component in the delivery of the UK Aid Strategy: tackling global challenges in the national interest. The fund aims to ensure that UK research takes a leading role in addressing the problems 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.
Research Councils UK invites proposals from eligible UK research organisations to establish and lead a number of challenge-led and impact-focused GCRF Interdisciplinary Research Hubs which meet the aims of Official Development Assistance. Between £8M - £20M (full economic cost) will be available for each Hub, provided over a 5 year period starting on 1st December 2018. Depending on the quality of the applications received it is anticipated that 12-15 Hubs will be awarded.