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[Closes 1 Sep 2017] EPSRC Global Challenge Research Fund grants

EPSRC has offered the University an institutional sponsorship grant to support development of a portfolio of research projects and Knowledge Exchange activities compliant with the Official Development Assistance (ODA) guidelines under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). The GCRF will become a key part of the UK government’s commitment to spending at least 0.7% of UK Gross National Income (GNI) annually on ODA.

Applications are invited for research projects and knowledge exchange activities compliant with the ODA guidelines, i.e. research primarily relevant to the problems of developing countries and where establishing economic development and welfare of developing countries is the main objective of research. The research can be carried out in UK or abroad and there is no requirement that matched funding or effort should be attracted from international research partners; international collaboration with partners in ODA-eligible countries is encouraged to maximise the impact of the funding and to ensure the research is ODA compliant. The list of ODA eligible countries is available here.

Expected use of funds:

·         All areas of engineering and physical sciences research can be included as long as the topic is compatible with ODA guidelines.

·         Multidisciplinary projects may be supported as long as the majority of the work proposed is within the EPSRC remit and they comply with ODA guidelines.

·         Research projects may be pump-priming in new areas or build on existing collaborations within EPSRC remit.

·         Knowledge exchange or impact acceleration activities should be based on previously funded EPSRC research, as for EPSRC Impact Acceleration Accounts.

 Application process:

The University will make funding available for 2 different schemes:

·         Scheme 1: research and knowledge exchange projects of up to £30,000 (please note this figure is 80% fEC and you will need to cost accordingly). Applicants awarded last year are eligible to apply for these grants in this round, but priority will be given to new projects.

·         Scheme 2: travel (up to £2,000; 80%fEC) or workshop (up to £500; 80%fEC) grants.

 All projects funded under both schemes must be in the EPSRC remit and compliant with ODA.

For more information and an application form, contact



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