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GCRF: Update on Collective Programme calls and Regional Engagement Events

As flagged on the Blog, UKRI are starting to announce details of calls from for their Collective Programme. New details have been added for calls here – with the majority being led via AHRC and ESRC.  Calls that are open, or scheduled to open in January, include:

If you are thinking about submitting to any of the calls, or have been invited to participate in projects led by other organisations, please contact your Research Development Manager as soon as possible for guidance and support.

UKRI Regional Engagement Events

To complement the calls and provide an opportunity to hear more about GCRF, UKRI are arranging a series of engagement events – further details here.

From UKRI’s website:

“UKRI are developing a programme of UK based GCRF engagement events which will take place January-March 2019.  These events provide a timely opportunity to engage with the GCRF Challenge Leaders, for UKRI to provide an update on live and upcoming ODA calls/activities, and to discuss key topics e.g. interdisciplinary approaches, building equitable partnerships, and maximising impact.

These events are open to anyone with an interest in the GCRF and development research opportunities.”

We would encourage those of you who have an interest in any of the calls, or GCRF more broadly, to consider attending these events.

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ESRC-DFID Development Frontiers Research Fund call open

A new funding opportunity is being launched as part of a decade-long partnership between the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Department for International Development (DFID) which aims to place innovation and appetite for risk at the centre of world-class research.

Sitting within the ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research, the Development Frontiers Research Fund aims to fund innovative, strategic and catalytic research with the potential to radically impact on sustainable development concepts or practices, or lead to new thinking and action on poverty reduction.

Proposals are invited for projects with a full economic cost (fEC) value between£200,000 and £300,000. Projects can be between 12 and 18 months long, but must finish no later than 31 March 2019. They expect to fund around 14-18 awards, depending on the quality of the proposals received.

This call has been designed to enable researchers to conduct exploratory, small-scale projects with a view to developing ideas, collaboration, and research capacity for future larger grants for other calls, whether to ESRC or DFID or other funders. This second call within the Development Frontiers Research Fund will support innovative, interdisciplinary research that is focused on new ways to tackle the challenges encountered at the intersections between poverty, environmental sustainability and conflict/fragility in specific developing country contexts

West Africa:Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Saint Helena, Senegal, Sao Tome, and Principe Togo

Horn of Africa: Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan

South/Southeast Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines ,Timor Leste

This call is open to proposals from researchers based anywhere in the world. A requirement of this call is that at least one developing country researcher and at least one early career researcher must be included in the research team, either as principal investigator or co-investigator

NOTE: Eligible research organisations from the UK and other developed countries can lead on a maximum of up to two proposals to this call so, if you are interested, please get in touch with your Research Development Manager a.s.a.p.


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ESRC and AHRC Pre-Call Announcement for Innovation Awards under PaCCS

The ESRC and AHRC will shortly be launching a further call for inter-disciplinary innovation awards under the Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS) focusing on Conflict and International Development. This call is funded from the initial allocations the AHRC and ESRC under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and a core focus will therefore be on conflict-related research which has the potential to contribute to the economic development and welfare of developing countries.

In order to support innovation, the call will be open to applications which address any topic of relevance to the PaCCS conflict theme provided that they are focussed on conflict and human security in developing country contexts (at a community, national, regional or global scale) and its interconnections with issues of international development.

Projects may be up to a maximum value of £100,000 fEC and up to 18 months in duration, commencing in November 2016. They expect to fund approximately 8-12 projects through this call.

For more information, please visit AHRC.

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Syria Discussion with Juris North

The Juris North Group invites you to attend the following discussion next week:

“Responsibility to Protect and the Syrian Conflict: Legality or Morality?” featuring Yasmine Nahlawi, Advocacy and Policy Coordinator, Rethink Rebuild Society.

Wednesday 24th February 2016, at 3pm, NBS 3.01, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Link to free registration ticket

If you would like to receive a copy of the paper before the event please email me

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Conflict Research theme – “Town Hall” meeting to introduce the theme and outline 2 new funding calls

PaCCS Logo   ESRC  AHRC 1    As mentioned in yesterday’s Blog post, the Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research have a  ‘Conflict’ theme funded via this cross-Research Council programme. The AHRC & ESRC have just announced that they will be holding a Town Hall meeting in Birmingham on 16th July 15 to introduce the theme, the theme leadership fellow (Professor David Galbreath) , provide networking opportunities and  to outline 2 forthcoming research funding opportunities.

The Conflict Funding Calls

The two calls are intended to support inter-disciplinary and innovative research which crosses the remits of the AHRC and ESRC. There is a common pot for the two calls of £4 million. In addition, the EPSRC has indicated that it would be willing to consider co-funding projects on a case by case which cross into its remit, particularly in relation to the connections between conflict and digital technologies and/or cyber-security.

1.   Interdisciplinary Innovation Awards – Proposals up to £100,000 supporting the development of innovative, higher risk, interdisciplinary research, exploratory or pilot studies and/or support the development of new partnerships and collaborations.  (8-12 awards)

2.   Interdisciplinary Research Grants – Proposals between £400,000 and £800,000 to support highly collaborative, interdisciplinary projects which are at a more advanced stage of development than innovation award projects, but which still involve a high degree interdisciplinary innovation.

Proposals need to address one or more of the sub-themes:

  • New Perspectives on the Changing Character and Mosaic of Conflict,   and Transitions to and from Conflict, through Time
  • Community Experiences of, and Responses to, Conflict
  • Conflict in the Information Age

This call will be through a two-stage process, with a first stage of outline proposals due in October. (5-7 awards)

Who is the Town Meeting/Networking Event intended for?

The event is open to academic researchers who are interested in applying to the funding calls, and to potential partners from outside academia who might be interested in the opportunity to initiate possible collaborations that might lead to research bids.

The event will provide an opportunity to

a)   Hear information about the Conflict theme

b)   Put questions directly to funders and the conflict leadership fellow?

c)   Network with potential collaborators from other disciplines and outside academia

For details of how to register please see:—Conflict-Theme-Town-Meeting-Networking-Event.aspx

Info on the Conflict theme:

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Scoping study on conflict research published – identifying gaps and informing RCUK’s new Conflict theme


In 2014, the Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research, through the ESRC commissioned Professor Steve McCorriston of the University of Exeter to undertake a scoping study to identify gaps in existing research in the area of conflict. The scoping study is just one of a number of activities that will inform the development of the Partnership’s new conflict theme

Specifically, the aim of the study was to:

  • provide a summary of themes in recent research with a view to highlighting current insights;
  • identify current and emerging research gaps through internal and external academic networks;
  • engage with the stakeholder and practitioner communities to ascertain the impact of conflict research to date and to elicit their priorities with regard to future research priorities.

The study focuses on recent research from a variety of disciplines, including social sciences and arts and humanities, but also science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The scoping study was finalised in November 2014 and highlights six main research themes associated with conflict, including:

  • Understanding the shifting nature of conflict across time;
  • Interventions in conflict;
  • The media and representations of conflict;
  • Technology and conflict;
  • Conflict resolution and post-conflict transformations; and
  • Risk, insecurity and conflict.

The study also highlighted a number of recommendations relating to how research on conflict can be better supported, including:

  • Maximising the potential of cross-disciplinary research on conflict;
  • Expanding the toolkit with which conflict issues can be addressed;
  • Improving pathways to impact involving stakeholders from the outset and over the duration of the project rather than as end-users; and
  • Consider the scale of projects that can accommodate to maximum effect the cross-disciplinary approaches and stakeholder involvement.

So, if you are working in this area the study might give you an insight into key areas of future study and where future funding opportunities might focus.

Read the Scoping Study – Research Gaps on Conflict