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Global Challenges Research Fund seed funding

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a 5 year £1.5bn fund to support cutting-edge research which addresses problems faced by developing countries. A key criteria for successful GCRF applications is to demonstrate established relationships with non-academic partner organisations in developing countries. To support social scientists in their application to this fund, the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account is offering seed funding of up to £20,000 to facilitate the initiation or development of collaborations between Warwick social scientists and academics and non-academics based in a developing country.

Funding can be used to support meetings, network events and workshops to explore research ideas and partnerships, with a view to developing proposals for external GCRF calls.

Collaborations should focus on the co-design of innovative research to address specific welfare or economic development needs of a country on the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list, and must include at least one non-academic partner based in that country.

How to apply

Please complete the IAA GCRF application form and submit to

Deadlines are rolling: Please see the ESRC IAA webpage for a full list of dates.

Guidance on eligible costs

Likely costs include travel, accommodation, subsistence and event costs. Please note that funding can be used to cover travel and accommodation costs of Warwick academics and academics based in developing countries, but not other UK-based academics. Travel costs of non-UK, non-developing country academics will need particular justification.

For further information or advice on applying please contact the Social Sciences Impact Managers, Claire Gerard or Stephanie Seavers.