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STFC Foundation Award Call 2017

Global Challenge Research Fund

STFC Global Challenge Research Fund Foundation Awards Call opens 26 July 2017
Closing date: 4pm on Tuesday 5 September 2017

Call Guidance

This call is supported through STFC’s GCRF allocation. The aim of this activity is to support projects with the aim of accessing the untapped potential of STFC’s community to contribute to addressing challenges in developing countries. Up to £4m over two years will be available in this call for projects which will lay new foundations and build on existing ones to:

  • Address challenges faced by Low and/or Middle Income Countries (LMICs) through disciplinary and interdisciplinary projects
  • Strengthen capability for research and innovation in support of economic development and welfare, within both UK and LMICs

Possible uses of Foundation Awards might include elements of, but are not limited to, the following:

  • developing new capacity building and/or research collaborations or partnerships, including training at all career levels (e.g. technician, technologist, doctoral students, postdoctoral researcher, early and mid-career researchers etc)
  • partnership building including networks, seminars and workshops to explore and identify areas for cooperation and to enhance the building of partnerships and collaborations, secondments and movement of people (including students) e.g. between UK and overseas research organisations or between research organisations (UK and overseas) and industry/third sector/ Government
  • extending the scope of existing activities for wider application in LMICs
  • exploratory or pump priming research studies for investigation of new approaches and/or generation of preliminary data
  • creating effective pathways to impact in LMICs

Applications will be required to demonstrate that the project is primarily relevant to promoting the economic development and welfare of developing countries. Guidance on ODA, demonstrating ODA compliance in applications for funding, ODA eligible countries (Development Assistance Committee - DAC list) and the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development is available via the RCUK GCRF webpages and, in particular, the guidance document. Potential applicants should discuss their ideas with the STFC GCRF team as early as possible in the process of developing a proposal in order to establish the suitability of their proposal.

Interdisciplinary projects are welcomed, where appropriate. It is vital that applicants consider the international development context of their proposed projects, including socio-economic and environmental factors as appropriate. Projects must focus on evidenced, unmet needs identified by stakeholders and/or collaborators in the LMIC(s).


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STFC GCRF Foundation Award Call Briefing Event

21 July 2017
Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BA

Agenda and presentations

Time Programme Speaker
10:00 Registration and refreshments
10:30 Welcome and introductions (PDF, 342KB) Dr Jason Green, Head of External Innovations and 21st Century Challenges, STFC
10:40 GCRF overview - RCUK update (PDF, 5,525KB) Dr Mark Claydon-Smith, Associate Director International Development, RCUK
11:10 Introduction to the STFC Foundation Call and ODA compliance (PDF, 438KB) Dr Katharine Hollinshead/Stephen Loader, STFC
11:30 Facilities and skills for global challenges: support from UKCDS (PDF, 1,738KB) Vicky Morgan, Director UK Collaborative for Development Sciences
11:50 ODA issues in STFC’s Newton-Bhabha projects (PDF, 1,016KB) Dr Rajeev Pattathil, Central Laser Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
12:10 Capacity Building for Radio Astronomy (PDF, 3,383KB) Dr Mark Thompson, University of Hertfordshire
12:30 Lunch and networking
13:20 Details of the STFC Foundation Call, Lessons learned from other research councils (PDF, 290KB) Dr Katharine Hollinshead/Stephen Loader
13:40 Q&A  
14:00 Networking and informal 1:1 surgeries with STFC GCRF staff  
15:00 Close

Last updated: 09 May 2018


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