Webinar: Global Challenges Research Fund - Guidance for developing country applicants

25 Sep 2017
Date/Time: 11:00, 11:45, 25 September, 2017
Venue: Online



About the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)

The Global Challenges Research Fund is a five-year £1.5 billion funding stream, which forms part of the UK's commitment to support cutting-edge research that addresses the problems faced by developing countries. The fund, administered through delivery partners including the Research Councils and national academies, seeks to address global challenges through disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, strengthen capability for research and innovation within both the UK and developing countries, and provide an agile response to emergencies and opportunities.

On Monday 25 September, ESPA hosted a webinar for researchers based in the global South with the purpose of explaining the opportunities provided by the Global Challenges Research Fund calls and particularly the forthcoming Global Challenges Research Fund Collective Fund call. The Collective Fund aims to “incorporate new collaboration and partnerships in order to redefine how we approach development challenges in innovative, transformative and inter-disciplinary ways”.

The application process had three key deadlines:

Intention to Submit Survey: 29th September 2017

Submission of Outline proposals: 9th November 2017

Submission of full proposals (by invitation only): May 2018 (exact date TBC)

The webinar was suitable for all institutions and researchers from the Global South, including, but not limited to, the ESPA research community. During the discussion we reviewed all publicly available sources of information about Global Challenges Research Fund calls, but with a particular view to addressing the questions and concerns of potential applicants from the Global South.

Webinar presenters

Robert Felstead, Senior Policy Manager, RCUK

Kate Schreckenberg, Director, ESPA

Webinar agenda

Presentation: 25 minutes

  • Brief introduction to the Global Challenges Research Fund – what it is, how it works
  • Overview of the funding call
  • Eligibility
  • Timeline
  • Role of partnerships, with a focus on the role and opportunities for Southern partners
  • Tips and ‘good practice’ in preparing a funding application for GCRF
  • ESPA ‘lessons learned’ in North/South partnership.

Questions and answers: 20 minutes

Participants had the opportunity to ask questions by typing them in a chat box. In addition to live participation, the webinar was recorded and made available to Southern partners in video format on the Global Challenges Research Fund and ESPA websites/Youtube channels.