Global Challenges Research Network

The Global Challenges Research Network at Keele University will enable the University to apply for grants from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) - a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government in late 2015 to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries.

The purpose of the network is:

  • to identify common approaches and areas of collective interest from researchers across the University with an interest in global challenge and development-focused research;
  • to identify capacity building needs to feed into a programme to support growth of Keele’s global challenge research portfolio;
  • to feed into development of future QR GCRF strategies;
  • to identify individual and collective research interests to provide a focus that enables the RaISE team to target identification and dissemination of global challenge-related funding opportunities.

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government in late 2015 to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries.

The GCRF budget is derived from the Government’s Overseas Development Aid (ODA) commitment; as a result, any research funded by the scheme must:

GCRF funding is usually distributed through existing research funding mechanisms, often in the form of short-notice calls with particular themes (for example, the AHRC Education in Conflict and Protracted Crises network call which came out in May).

In order to apply successfully for these grants, researchers need to have international networks already developed, so that they can respond at relatively short notice. To facilitate this, we are launching a Global Challenges Research Network, inviting staff from across the University, whether they are currently working on Global projects or just aspire to, to meet, network, and learn from each other and key external leaders in the Global Challenges field.

If you are interested in applying for a Global Challenges Research Fund grant, there are a number of places to look for support.  The first port of call should be your Research Development Manager. If you have broader questions about GCRF, you can contact Mike Hession (Research Development Manager, HumSS) who is the GCRF internal funding champion.

You can find a selection of Keele’s current GCRF projects on the Keele Global Challenges website.  There are also some excellent external web resources, such as UKRI’s Global Challenges pages, Professor Mark Reed’s guide to GCRF and Impact, and this very useful report: Promoting Fair and Equitable Research Partnerships to Respond to Global Challenges.