We are pleased to invite proposals for a new Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) research grants call which is in addition to, and intended to complement, the Network Plus call relating to the same Education as a Driver theme. Applications are invited up to a maximum value of £2 million (100% fEC) and up to 36 months duration. 

Education is not only a fundamental human right, but also an indispensable tool in the pursuit of sustainable development. However, it is increasingly acknowledged that education is not a neutral pursuit and not all kinds of education support sustainable development. For example, education that promotes economic growth alone may also lead to an increase in unsustainable consumption patterns, while exclusive education can oppress sections of the community and feed cycles of poverty. Education delivery is complex, and its relationship with wider development goals can be both positive and negative.  

This call therefore seeks research proposals that examine the role of education in relation to other sustainable development goals, such as achieving healthy lives, eradicating poverty and promoting gender equality. Specifically, proposals should address in what ways education drives development. They should show how a deeper understanding of education’s role across the development agenda will significantly influence how education research can be effectively translated into policy and practice to achieve development outcomes.

Please note, this call is separate and different from the GCRF Gender and Intersectionality and Education as a Driver of Sustainable Development network plus call.

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.

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. 

How to apply

A short Expression of Interest (EOI) should be completed by those intending to submit to this call by 16:00 on 25 April 2019. All proposals must be submitted through the Je-S system by 16:00 on 5 June 2019. Grants are expected to start by 1 February 2020. 

Call documents

Further information

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