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Apply for 2019/20 funding strand 4: Global challenges

This funding strand supports international teams in developing projects that address global challenges through academic and professional partnerships.

Strand 4: Global challenges

This strand supports multi-disciplinary, international teams collaborating in research towards beneficial social change and responses to global challenges.

About the strand

This call will fund teams which have the embedded capability and expertise to undertake excellent and ethical research, and which have the knowledge, experience and connections needed to address global challenges and advance projects of Official Development Assistance (ODA) relevance.

If you are successful you could receive up to £15,000.

Award criteria

This strand will support the identification and development of interdisciplinary teams with Official Development Assistance (ODA) relevant research.

International collaboration with multiple partners is essential. Although encouraged, this collaboration does not have to be with partners in ODA-eligible countries as long as the research will directly benefit an ODA-eligible country. For the purpose of this call, this includes all countries in the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) List of ODA Recipients.

The research also needs to be:

  • directly relevant to one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • directly relevant to one of the four areas identified in the UK Aid Strategy as ODA priorities, or in the current Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Strategy and Challenge Areas
  • aimed clearly at benefiting one or more ODA-eligible countries
  • motivated by ethical, philanthropic or sustainable drivers

Projects may also include non-HE partnerships with industry, commerce, NGOs or other significant organisations. We encourage in-kind contributions or match funding with non-HE or commercial partnerships. Funds in this scheme may not be transferred to commercial partners.

Expected output

The development and submission of larger research applications to funding bodies which address global challenges, including GCRF, Newton Funding or other external funding opportunities which focus in this area.


Date Deadline
Friday 1 March 2019 Deadline for submission to HoD for comment
Friday 8 March 2019 Deadline for submission to Dean for comment
Friday 15 March 2019 Deadline for submission to the International Relations Office
Week c/o 1 April 2019 Results announced

All successful projects are expected to start after 1 May 2019 and are eligible to receive funding until 30 April 2020.

Drop-in sessions

The International Relations Office offers drop-in advice sessions for interested applicants. Other times may be arranged individually with the IRO. Please contact the International Relations Office.

Date Time Venue
Tuesday 22 January 2019 12pm to 2pm 10 West 4.02
Thursday 7 February 2019 11am to 1pm 10 West 4.02
Friday 15 February 2019 11am - 1pm 10 West 4.02

How to submit your application

Applications should be submitted to the Head of Department/Head of Division (HoD) by Friday 1 March 2019. The HoD will forward the application to the Dean for further comments.

Completed and signed application forms should be submitted directly by the Dean to the International Relations Office no later than 15 March 2019.

Complete the application form

Application form for Funding Strand 4