This call has now closed. The following is for information only.

On behalf of UKRI, we are pleased to invite proposals for a new Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) call under the theme of equitable resilience. We aim to fund 10 research proposals of up to 36 months duration. 

The ambition of the UNISDR Sendai Framework is to ‘build back better’ by harnessing the opportunities of disaster preparedness, response and reconstruction to enhance and accelerate development. However, there is a lack of evidence to identify policy and interventions which are effective at addressing both disaster management and sustainable development together. A particular challenge of the Sustainable Development Goals is to support the poor and marginalised at risk, including women, children, the aged and disabled and those of minority ethnic backgrounds, to achieve sustainable and resilient livelihoods. The focus of this programme is to provide a systematic and rigorously researched evidence base on the ways in which climate change adaptation, humanitarian action, risk management and resilience can enable pathways for transition to sustainable development - ensuring equity across poor and marginalised communities in developing countries.

The call is structured around four areas:

  • Transformative adaptation 
  • Survivor-led humanitarian response 
  • Enhancing local capacity through understanding and reducing risk
  • Risk management-development co-benefits

Realising these opportunities requires working at the interface of resilience and development as part of interdisciplinary projects (covering social and economic, environmental, physical and engineering sciences, or the arts and humanities) and working very closely with policy or practice – from local actors to global development and humanitarian organisations, and private sector concerns active in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). 

GCRF is a £1.5 billion funding stream to support research which addresses the problems faced by developing countries. GCRF forms part of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment, and funding under this call will be awarded in a manner consistent with ODA guidelines.

Proposals must be led by a researcher at an eligible UK research organisation and should be submitted through the research councils’ Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system. 

NERC will be administering a UKRI GCRF Collective Programme call for research and innovation projects focused on tackling multiple and systemic risks associated with environmental hazards in developing countries. The multidisciplinary call will be administered by NERC on behalf of UKRI and is expected to launch in early 2019, with awards starting by April 2020.

How to apply

A short Expression of Interest (EOI) should be completed by those intending to submit to this call by 16:00 on 7 March 2019. All proposals must be submitted through the Je-S system by 16:00 on 17 April 2019. Grants are expected to start by 1 November 2019. 

Call documents