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Growing research capability to meet the challenges faced by developing countries

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) RCUK Collective Fund invites applications for strategic programmes to grow research capability to meet the challenges faced by developing countries.

Supporting awards in the range of £2 – 8 million over four years this call aims to grow the research base in the UK and strengthen capacity overseas to address research challenges informed by the expressed needs of developing countries.

Applications should set out a coherent and strategic vision for programmes encompassing a range of activities including capacity and capability strengthening, partnership building and research. This activity should build on the strengths of the applicant organisation/s and be framed around up to three development challenges as informed by the UK Aid Strategy and/or the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Partnership building between UK research organisations and researchers and other partners (NGOs, governments and business) in developing countries is an essential part of this call although co-funding from partners is not mandatory.

Applications are expected at an institutional/organisational or small consortia level with individual organisations permitted to lead on no more than two applications each. Submissions should be co-ordinated centrally by research organisations via their research offices or equivalent.

The Department of Health has recently launched a call for new National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Global Health Research Units and Groups, which is complementary to the Growing research capability call. There will be coordination and sharing by both organisations in relation to any proposals where health is part of the application.

In order to be eligible to submit a full proposal applicants must register their intention to submit via filling in the smart survey form below by 16.00 on 25 October 2016. Late submissions will not be accepted.


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