WEBINAR: Global Challenges Research Fund: Guidance for developing country applicants

Monday 25 September 2017 12:00 – 12:45 UK (GMT+1)

Register here for the webinar

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a five-year £1.5 billion funding stream, which forms part of the UK’scommitment 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, the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme will host a webinar for researchers based in the global South with the purpose of explaining the opportunities provided by the GCRF calls and particularly the forthcoming GCRF 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 has three key deadlines:

Intention to Submit Survey (ITS) 29th September 2017
Submission of Outline proposals 9th November 2017
Submission of full proposals (by invitation only) May 2018 (exact date TBC)


The webinar is suitable for all  institutions and researchers from the Global South. During the discussion we will review all publicly available sources of information about GCRF calls, but with a particular view to addressing the questions and concerns of potential applicants from the Global South.


Sian Rowland, Senior Programme Manager, UK Research Councils

Kate Schreckenberg, Director, Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA)

Presentation: 25 minutes

The webinar will cover:

  • Brief introduction to GCRF – 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 will have the opportunity to ask questions by typing them in a chat box.In addition to live participation, the webinar will be recorded and available to Southern partners in video format on the GCRF and ESPA websites/Youtube channels.

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