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

On behalf of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), ESRC, NERC and Innovate UK are pleased to invite applications for the ‘UKRI-GCRF Sustainable Energy and International Development: Beyond Technology’ call. Funding has been allocated from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), which is a £1.5 billion fund to support cutting-edge research and innovation which addresses the problems faced by developing countries.

This call expects to contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 7 and the development of the most disadvantaged. It will fund cutting-edge inter-disciplinary research projects that focus on at least two of the following priority areas:

  • Energy technology interactions in societies, communities and with end-users. 
  • Natural resources, their sustainable usage and interactions with energy systems.
  • Resilient energy systems.
  • Effective governance and political economy of sustainable energy.

We aim to fund proposals varying in scale of up to £1.5 million (100% fEC) per grant for a duration of up to 36 months.

Each grant should reach across the physical sciences, arts and humanities, social and environmental sciences by, for example, drawing on socio-technical and whole systems integration research approaches.

How to apply

Applicants from all disciplines are welcome to apply. All proposals will have to make a clear case for how they comply with ODA guidelines

A short Expression of Interest should be completed by those intending to submit to this call by 16:00 (UK time) on 15 May 2019. 

An information webinar for potential applicants took place on 2 May 2019. 

Full proposals should be submitted via the Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S) by 16:00 (UK time) on 11 July 2019. Projects should commence between 1 February 2020 and 1 April 2020.

Call documents

UKRI webinar

UKRI will be hosting a Webinar on Friday 10 May 11:00 -12:00 to provide guidance on how to incorporate the gender dimension in your international development research and innovation proposals. In the one hour webinar, we will discuss what is gender and gender equality, how to incorporate gender in the lifecycle of your research and innovation and what makes a good Gender Equality Statement. There will be an opportunity to ask questions as well. Please register here to sign up.