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 will take place on 2 May 2019, from 13:30 to 15:00 (UK time) through WebEx. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to participate.

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