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GCRF Global Engagement Events

RCUK has recently developed a Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) global engagement programme.  The programme is taking a number of different approaches to engagement, including running a series of large international, Global Engagement Meetings (GEMs) in different regions of the world; smaller scale capacity building events; and hosting GCRF sessions at other events.  The aim of these events is to showcase the opportunities available through GCRF, to bring together developing country and UK researchers and to discuss opportunities for maximising the contribution of GCRF research into policy and practice.


Global Engagement Meetings

  • *New event announced* Kenya (Nairobi) Wednesday 31st January – Friday 2nd February 2018

These large scale events will be held on the following dates and locations:

  • Colombia (Bogota) Wednesday 4th-Friday 6th October 2017
  • India (Delhi) Tuesday 7th-Thursday 9th November 2017
  • South Africa (Pretoria) Tuesday 5th-Wednesday 6th December 2017

Each Global Engagement Meeting will run across three days (the South Africa event will be two days) and a competitive process for applications is being run.  The events have been designed to contain a mixture of plenary sessions, workshops and networking opportunities and will be interdisciplinary and interactive. Each event will have around 100 attendees drawn from different countries, different disciplines, and from a mix of academic and non-academic organisations (e.g. non-governmental organisations; charities; policy makers; international funders). 

How to apply

Applications to the Kenya GEMs event has now closed. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by end of November.

This is a competitive process and not all applications to attend will be successful.  Applications will be assessed on their answers to the questions in the smart survey and chosen to ensure there is representation from a range of disciplines, organisations and career stages.

Attendees travel, accommodation and any visa costs will be covered (based on economy class travel) for the duration of the event. More details about costs can be found on the online application form:

If you would like to know more about the events please contact

Please note the call for applications is for the Kenya event only, places on the India and South Africa GEMS have already been filled.

Colombia Global Engagement Events

The Colombia GEM was successfully run from Wednesday 4th-Friday 6th October 2017, with over 100 delegates from across the world.  Please find below a link to the agenda and delegate list for the event.  Further outputs from the event will follow soon.

RCUK and British Academy Global Engagement event 8th June 2017

RCUK and the British Academy co-hosted an Global Engagement event on the 8th June.  The event focused on some of the practicalities of working in an interdisciplinary, international context and there were discussions around the research gaps within the Sustainable Development Goals.

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