AHRC Launch Global Challenges Research Fund Urgency Grants

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as a part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), this pilot scheme is intended to be an open, responsive mechanism through which arts and humanities researchers can respond in an agile way to unanticipated urgent research needs and opportunities which meet a development need or challenge and/or have the potential to support low or middle income countries (LMICs) to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Applications for AHRC urgency grants could fall under either of the two main categories below:

Research (including the collection, analysis or critical interpretation of data) into the short term impacts of / informing responses or resilience to or recovery from a range of specific events affecting LMICs which could not have been planned for in advance.

An unexpected opportunity to conduct substantive research over a period of months informing, observing or collecting data at, or to participate in (e.g. placements) a one-off time-limited major policy or practice event (e.g. a peacebuilding / reconciliation process, public inquiry, policy review process) which offer a substantial and unique opportunity for innovative research, research synthesis and/or knowledge exchange relating to international development and/or directly relating to development in one or more LMIC.

Inter-disciplinary boundary-crossing proposals are welcomed, including those proposals that cross Research Council remits.

The principal investigator must meet standard AHRC eligibility criteria and awards will normally be made to a UK research organisation eligible to receive AHRC funding. All applications must be fully compliant with the requirements of Official Development Assistance (ODA).

The maximum funding that may be sought is £150,000; this limit applies to the total (100%) full economic cost of the project, of which AHRC will fund the UK component at 80% fEC.

Funding for a period of up to 12 months is available.

AHRC anticipate that 6-10 urgency awards might be funded through this initial pilot phase.

Expressions of interest may be submitted at any time during the period of the pilot scheme. If the expression of interest is considered to fall within the scope of the scheme, applicants will then be invited to submit a full application.

This Pilot Scheme will close to new expressions of interest on 31 October 2020 after which AHRC will review the pilot and may consider extending or revising the scheme.

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