The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), on behalf of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Department for International Development (DfID) are pleased to invite applications for a new Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) call for a Climate Resilience Knowledge Manager. Applications are invited up to a maximum value of £480,000 (100% fEC) and 39 months duration.

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.

A step change is needed in both adaption and the strengthening of resilience of the poor and marginalised to climate risks. Climate change has the greatest impact on these groups when it interacts with other risk drivers and consequences including economic shocks, social or political conflict, population displacement, resource and environmental pressures as well as ecological collapse.  Life for the poor and marginalised in rural and urban contexts exposed to climate change is dominated by decisions or forced acts that trade-off one risk for another, this is most extreme for women and children, those with disabilities and for ethnic or religious minorities exposed to social and political exclusion and violence. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) identify resilience as a key mechanism for Eradicating Poverty (SDG1) as well as a strategic element of Climate Action (SDG13).

The role of the Knowledge Manager will be to support the Network Development Scoping teams, and the subsequent larger Climate Resilience Network Plus awards*, by:

  • Building connections, encouraging and enabling research synthesis between projects
  • Supporting the Network Development Scoping teams as necessary/appropriate
  • Identifying and where possible helping projects pursue opportunities for the uptake of research results
  • Preparing Programme publicity materials such as blogs and policy briefs drawing on project level materials
  • Supporting programme level monitoring and evaluation activities in line with the logframe

*The Climate Resilience Network Information attachment provides further information about the specification of these awards.

The research will cover the compound elements of climate risk by revealing the interlinkages between policy sectors exposed to and propagating hazard, exposure and vulnerability components of risk. These contributions directly support the SDGs, GCRF aims and the UK Aid Strategy.

Exceptionally, for this call, applicants from established overseas research organisations are eligible to apply in addition to those from UK organisations that are eligible for UKRI funding. (Please read the call documents for further information on eligibility)

How to apply

All proposals must be submitted through the Je-S system by 16:00 on 29 July 2020. The successful award will be expected to start on 1 January 2021.

Call documents

Further information

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