We are pleased to invite proposals for a new Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Network Plus call. This call will have two separate thematic areas of focus, and applicants can apply to either distinct strand through this call.  One theme will be Gender and Intersectionality and the other theme will be Education as a Driver of Sustainable Development.

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 as such funding under this call will be awarded in a manner consistent with ODA guidelines.

The following funding is available for applications and we aim to fund one Network plus under each thematic area in this call:

  • Gender and Intersectionality Network Plus - proposals of up to £4.75 million (UKRI contribution) and up to 48 months duration. 
  • Education as a Driver of Sustainable Development Network Plus – proposals of up to £4.75 million (UKRI contribution) and up to 36 months duration. 

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. 

Further information on the themes can be found within the call specification.

Expectations of a Network Plus

Each Network Plus will facilitate the development of partnerships between academics, NGOs, policymakers and practitioners in both the Global North and South, allowing for integrated and cross-cutting activities.

The Network Plus will undertake three core activities:

  • Engagement and networking
  • Synthesis of research outcomes
  • Commissioning of small grants through a flexible fund.

How to apply

A short Expression of Interest (EOI) should be completed by those intending to submit to this call by 16:00 on 11 March 2019. All proposals must be submitted through the Je-S system by 16:00 on 11 April 2019. Grants are expected to start by 1 November 2019. 

Call documents

Further information

For any queries, please refer to the FAQs document above in the first instance. Questions not answered in the FAQs can be emailed to gcrfnetworkplus@esrc.ukri.org 

Town Hall event

ESRC will host a town hall meeting to explain the ambitions of this call in more detail. The town hall meeting will be held in central London on 7 February 2019. This event is open to anyone with an interest in the GCRF and development research opportunities, but tickets must be booked in advance