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Research Networking Highlight Notice for International Development

The AHRC has decided to issue a further highlight notice for networking applications relating to international development. As well as encouraging the development of new applications it is hoped that this second highlight will provide more time for those individuals who were interested in the first highlight notice but unable to complete applications before it closed.

This highlight notice is intended to encourage the development of research networking proposals which explore the contribution that arts and humanities research can make to challenges, policy and/or practice relating to international development. It also seeks to support the development of sustained international boundary crossing collaborations with Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) which receive Official Development Assistance (ODA) (details are in the Highlight Notice Document) and/or with organisations which play an important role in supporting international development.

Funding available: £30,000-60,000

Deadline for applications: 28 Feb 2017

For more information, please visit the AHRC.

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Tackling Global Development Challenges through Engineering and Digital Technology Research

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, via the Global Challenges Research Fund, invites applications for its call on tackling global development challenges through engineering and digital technology research. This supports an internationally leading programme of research centred around engineering and digital technologies to tackle the challenges faced by the developing world. Proposals must fall under one or both of the following headings:

•engineering research – sustainable infrastructure development, engineering for disaster resilience or engineering for humanitarian aid;

•digital technology research – access to digital services, use of data for vital services or secure and trusted digital infrastructures.

Projects must be predominantly in EPSRC remit, although interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary proposals are welcomed.

Collaboration with academic partners, government agencies and non-governmental organisations based in one or more developing countries is strongly encouraged. Industrial collaborators are also welcome.

The total budget is £25 million, enough to fund approximately 20 projects for a duration of 36 months. Items of equipment worth up to £10,000 may be requested. Costs associated with research overseas such as consumables and fieldwork are eligible.

Deadline for proposals: 15 November 2016

For more information, please visit EPSRC


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Global Challenges Research Fund: Call for Evidence

Research Councils UK

The Government Spending Review on 25th November 2015 announced “a new £1.5 billion Global Challenges Research Fund, to ensure UK science takes the lead in addressing the problems faced by developing countries, whilst developing our ability to deliver cutting-edge research”. The Global Challenges Research Fund is a BIS initiative which operates across a number of delivery partners, including the Research Councils, National Academies and HEFCE.

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) represents the largest portion of this Fund. RCUK have launched a call for evidence to gather your views on the high-level challenges that will form the basis of the funding calls from the GCRF Collective Fund, the information gathered will also be share with the other delivery partners so that it may inform their own strategies.

They would also like your views on the most effective ways of delivering GCRF.

RCUK are seeking inputs from individuals and institutions across all academic disciplines, non-governmental organisation and industrial sectors both in and outside of the UK.

The results from the survey will be reviewed alongside feedback from the Town Meetings and they will share a short summary of evidence which has been collected and outline how that has informed their strategy in the autumn.

This call for evidence forms part of a broader programme of strategic engagement activities taking place under the GCRF programme. RCUK will be running focus groups later this year and opening a Call for Ideas early next year to generate priority themes within each challenge.

You can complete the survey by clicking the link below. The survey closes at 16.00 on 22 August:

http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/6LOJI/

Respondents are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the following background information whilst completing the survey: