This is a relatively new opportunity for funding which, whilst administered by RCUK (and the national academies) is very different to conventional RCUK funding – a trap which many have already fallen into.
- Secure and resilient food systems supported by sustainable marine resources and agriculture
- Sustainable health and well being
- Inclusive and equitable quality education
- Clean air, water, and sanitation
- Affordable, reliable, sustainable energy
- Sustainable livelihoods supported by strong foundations for inclusive economic growth and innovation
- Resilience and action on short-term environmental shocks and long-term environmental change
- Sustainable cities and communities
- Sustainable production and consumption of materials and other resources
- Understand and respond effectively to forced displacement and multiple refugee crises
- Reduce conflict and promote peace, justice, and humanitarian action
- Reduce poverty and inequality, including gender inequalities.
GCRF funding through RCUK– How does it differ from conventional RCUK type applications?
The key differences in GCRF research applications is that the emphasis must be on the impact that the research will generate in respect of the key areas. This means that the emphasis throughout the application must be on the problem that is being solved (as well as the knowledge gap associated with the problem). Try to use statistics wherever possible to reinforce the scale of the problem to the reviewer – but make sure there is evidence for your stats, no one likes spurious values!
Despite this need for an emphasis on impact, it is still an RCUK application therefore the criteria for research excellence cannot be overlooked. It will still undergo expert peer review, and will still need to produce new knowledge and understandings. Simply taking an innovation from the UK and implementing it in a low or middle-income country will not be sufficient. Make sure to explain how your research is exciting, cutting -edge, novel and significant.
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