GLOBAL CHALLENGES RESEARCH FUND (GCRF) GLOBAL CHALLENGES RESEARCH FUND (GCRF)

16th May 2016

Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)

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Aims

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

> exploratory or pump-priming research studies for investigation of new approaches and/or generation of preliminary data

> developing new (particularly multi-disciplinary) research collaborations or partnerships

> extending the scope of existing research for wider application in LMICs

> creating effective pathways to impact for the application of research in LMICs

> sampling and/or data collection, where it includes some additional research analysis and integration

> development or modification of relevant research tools or techniques

> enhancing capability and/or capacity (e.g. placements and / or two-way exchanges – within appropriate immigration frameworks)

Purpose

Funding is available for research activities with potential to rapidly advance knowledge that addresses the above aims. It is envisaged that, in many cases, foundation award funding will enable the building of necessary multidisciplinary research capability, at the same time as building towards the generation of relevant new knowledge.

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

> exploratory or pump-priming research studies for investigation of new approaches and/or generation of preliminary data

> developing new (particularly multi-disciplinary) research collaborations or partnerships

> extending the scope of existing research for wider application in LMICs

> creating effective pathways to impact for the application of research in LMICs

> sampling and/or data collection, where it includes some additional research analysis and integration

> development or modification of relevant research tools or techniques

> enhancing capability and/or capacity (e.g. placements and / or two-way exchanges – within appropriate immigration frameworks)

 Foundation Awards are focused on early stage work during which research questions can be defined and partnerships formed and translational approaches explored. Where proposals are founded on existing well developed research and relationships, applicants need to make it clear what is novel about the research and/or partnership.

 

Project scale

Foundation Awards are moderately sized short-to-medium term investments. They are expected to vary in scale according to the nature of the research question and extent of the multi-disciplinary aspects of the proposal. The total funding requested for each project is not expected to exceed £600k. The resources requested should appropriately reflect the specific requirements of the proposed activity.

Project duration

Awards are expected to start on 1 April 2017. Due to the pump-priming and preliminary nature of the proposals we are anticipating many applications will be in the region of 24 months duration. Requests for support for shorter (e.g. 18 months) or longer periods (36 months) will also be considered.

 

Research challenges

The scope of the challenge and associated research opportunities for the call is detailed in a supporting document (see downloads). It highlights five broad – interrelated and interconnected – research challenges as follows, each of which provides considerable scope for a variety of approaches:

> Systems that deliver safe and nutritious food for all

> Resilience of the food system to climatic variability

> Reducing losses throughout the agri-food chain and reusing unavoidable food waste

> Agriculture within the context of the wider landscape

> Urban agriculture