Be part of our Global Challenge Research Hub bid

Posted by rmt22 at Oct 25, 2017 11:51 AM |
We are looking for researchers to get involved in our bid, which could total £20 million, for a Global Challenges Research Fund Interdisciplinary Research Hub.

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund to ensure that UK research takes a leading role in addressing the problems faced by developing countries through challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, strengthening capacity for research and innovation within both the UK and developing countries, plus providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.

You can see projects already awarded under the GCRF on the handy world map here.

The GCRF is inviting proposals to establish and lead a number of challenge-led and impact-focused GCRF Interdisciplinary Research Hubs which meet the aims of Official Development Assistance. Between £8 million and £20 million will be available for each Hub, provided over a five year period starting on 1 December 2018.

The University of Leicester bid

Professor Paul van Gardingen and Dr Lisa Smith will be leading our proposal under the banner of the Leicester Institute of Advanced Studies. Our bid will focus on inclusive, resilient, sustainable cities.

If you would like to be part of the UoL bid, we will be holding an internal ‘Town Hall’ event on 10 November, facilitated by Dr Ross Parry. If you’d like to attend please email and we will add you to the invitation list.

Bids led from other organisations

Colleagues around the University are already taking Co-Investigator roles in bids led from other organisations.

This is excellent news for two reasons. Firstly, it increases the likelihood that we will be part of a Hub. Secondly, the GCRF team at the Research Councils are enthusiastic about broadening and deepening the partnerships in each application. To this end they have set up a page to facilitate the development of relationships, and have begun to populate it with proposal summaries.

We would strongly encourage colleagues to take a look at the partnership page, and get in touch with the PIs if you would like to contribute. Please let your College RDM know if you become part of a proposal, so that RED can plan support for you, and support as you continue to seek opportunities.


If you would like advice or support on becoming part of a bid led from elsewhere, please get in touch with someone from your RED team

Dr Di Levine:

Dr Alison Riding (CLS):

Dr Stephen Ison (CSE):

Dr Alan Ashton-Smith (CSSAH):

Suzanne Coates:

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