Global Challenges Research Network


Keele has identified two GCRF Leads, who will both hold this role for three years (to August 2022). These are researchers with a track record of working with regional partners to develop successful global research funding proposals.

The role of the GCRF Leads is summarised below:

GCRF Capacity Building

  • Fostering cross-disciplinary connections by facilitating research dialogue across faculties (this included introducing colleagues, chairing meetings and identifying gaps in expertise);
  • Identifying potential applicants for specific GCRF calls;
  • Providing advice on global partnership development in line with GCRF ethos (including facilitating online meetings with international academic and civil society partners);
  • Engaging in and facilitating discussions between GCRF applicants and the Keele RaISE (research support) team.

GCRF application development

  • Sustained mentoring of GCRF applicants throughout the different stages of application development;
  • Peer-reviewing drafts of the GCRF grant applications (including providing detailed written feedback and chairing follow-up meetings).

Embedding ODA compliant research in Keele’s research portfolio

  • Delivering internal research talks on relevant GCRF topics, including community engagement, ODA ethos, equitable partnership building, decolonising research;
  • Contributing to the Global Challenges Research Network Keele
  • Represent Keele at GCRF events.