University of Bath

Apply for Funding Strand 4: Global Challenges

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

Strand 4: Global Challenges

About the strand

The University of Bath is committed to international partnerships that collectively respond to global issues and our current strategy advocates the formation of multi-disciplinary, international teams that can respond to emerging global challenges. The University has existing strengths in this area and across our institution there is already strong engagement in partnerships with international organisations, communities and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) overseas for ethical and philanthropic purposes:

This call will fund teams which have the embedded capability and expertise not only to undertake excellent and ethical research, but which also 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.

  • Be directly relevant to one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Be 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:
  • Be aimed clearly at benefiting one or more ODA-eligible countries
  • Be 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, Department for International Development (DfID) and Newton Funding or other external funding opportunities which focus in this area

  • Projects without specific external funding potential, including projects that prioritise capacity-building, sustainable platforms to engage non-academic partners or communities, or innovative knowledge communities that cross the global South and North


Date Deadline
9am, Tuesday 1 May 2018 Deadline for submission to HoD for comment
9am, Tuesday 8 May 2018 Deadline for submission to Dean for comment
9am, Monday 14 May 2018 Deadline for submission to
w/c 11 June Results announced

All successful projects are expected to start after 1 July 2018 and are eligible to receive funding until 31 August 2019. Extensions are not possible.

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 Funding Team.

Date Time Venue
Thursday 22 March 2018 12.15pm to 2pm Chancellors' Building 3.1
Thursday 29 March 2018 10.30am to 12.30pm Chancellors' Building 3.6
Monday 09 April 2018 12pm to 2pm Chancellors' Building 5.8

How to submit your application

Applications should be submitted to the Head of Department (HoD) by 9am, 01 May 2018. 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 IRO no later than 9am, 14 May 2018 to

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