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 Climate Resilience Network Development Scoping grants. Applications are invited up to a maximum value of £200,000 (100% fEC) and 15 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 compound nature of complex climate risk opens this call to inputs from all GCRF and DfID portfolio areas. The call will be complementary to several existing investments including the DfID/NERC Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience programme which seeks to reduce vulnerability through improved understanding of risk; NERC’s Multi-Hazard and Systemic Risk call which seeks to understand the drivers of multi-hazard events and how the impacts of these events cascade through socio-economic systems, and; ESRC’s Equitable Resilience call (PDF, 154Kb) which explored how climate change adaptation, humanitarian action, risk management and resilience could enable pathways for transition to sustainable development.

Climate Resilience Network Development Scoping grants are intended to support the building of new researcher-practitioner-policy maker teams to search for novel solutions for complex climate risks. Successful teams will be invited to apply for a second stage round of larger Climate Resilience Network Plus awards (see note*) to co-design solutions. The Climate Resilience Knowledge Manager position (call to be launched in March 2020) will support both stages through mentoring on co-production methods, enabling interaction across grants and with associated GCRF and DfID activity. Exceptionally for this call, Principal investigators based at established overseas research organisations are eligible to apply in addition to those from UK organisations that are eligible for UKRI funding.

How to apply

All proposals must be submitted through the Je-S system by 16:00 on 25 March 2020. Grants are expected to start on 1 October 2020.

*Please note - the timeline for the Network Plus awards has been amended; please refer to the call specification document below.

Call documents