An important aspect of GCRF is capacity development. There will be many opportunities which will allow academics and non-academics to develop partnerships and work together – both through existing relationships or through the development of new collaborative relationships. Please read call specific documents for more guidance.

Where capacity development is included in a funding call, the principal requirement is for meaningful, quality collaborations or partnerships demonstrated through clear leadership roles across the proposed partnership, and balance and proportionality in partners’ roles and responsibilities.

All partnerships, including international ones, should be based on mutual respect and understanding for different cultural, ethnic, social and economic beliefs and practices. See our Framework for Research Ethics for more guidance.

Capacity development can be considered broadly and can include:

  • building the research capacity of individuals, including research methods and skills and co-production or co-designing of research and implementation with partners
  • enhancing engagement skills with academics and non-academics
  • building organisational capacity (eg management, financial, ethics, engagement and impact, communications)
  • institutional capacity (eg the incentive structures, the political and regulatory context, and the resource base within which research is undertaken and used by policymakers)
  • longer term career development both within and external to universities
  • building international networks within and beyond research organisations
  • specific skills such as language, communication, facilitation or data management
  • support and mentoring for more junior team members or providing opportunities for those with relevant skills who have not previously worked on development relevant research projects to orient their research towards global issues.