The UKs European university Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) & Global Challenges Doctoral Centre (GCDC) Staff Briefing, 5 November 2019 Dr Andrew Massoura Deputy Director, Research Services Dr Beth Breeze Director, Global Challenges Doctoral Centre, University of Kent Goals for this briefing 1. Introducing the GCRF and the GCDC 2. What opportunities exist for academic staff?
GCRF funding Staff-led PhD projects Supervision of Student-led PhD projects PostDoc awards 3. The application process 4. Any questions? 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development United Nations, New York 25/9/15 Global Challenges Research Fund A 1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government in late 2015 to support cutting-edge research that addresses the economic and social challenges faced by developing countries. Challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, and
strengthening of the capacity for research, innovation and knowledge exchange in the UK and developing countries. Three principal challenges that research projects should address: 1) Equitable access to sustainable development; 2) Sustainable economies and societies; and 3) Human rights, good governance and social justice. https://www.ukri.org/research/global-challenges-research-fund/ Specific requirements and preparation of GCRF bids An overview of what to watch out for in preparing a GCRF bid Specific requirements and preparation of GCRF bids
ODA Compliance GCRF assessment criteria Official Development Assistance (ODA) The GCRF forms part of the UK's ODA commitment which is monitored by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). ODA funded activity focuses on outcomes that promote the long-term sustainable growth of countries on the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list.
Administered with the promotion of the economic development and welfare of developing countries as its main objective. Official Development Assistance (ODA) ODA DAC list Official Development Assistance (ODA)
The OECD defines ODA compliant research activities as : The main purpose being to promote the economic growth or welfare of developing countries Only research directly and primarily relevant to the problems of developing countries may be counted as ODA. This includes research into tropical diseases and developing crops designed for developing country conditions. The costs may still be counted as ODA if the research is carried out in a developed country ODA Compliance Focus upon addressing the economic development and welfare of developing countries as primary purpose of the research
State which countries are involved Define the challenge in the context of the impact upon local populations Define how your research will seek to address the challenge, and the impact that it will have on the economic development and welfare of local populations Issues which are global in nature are not ODA compliant unless your research is linked to a specific aspect in a developing country. Show a route to impact, and how solutions will be realised.
Whilst capacity building is an important part of ODA research, unless the call has been specifically set up as a capacity building programme then capacity building on its own is not enough to justify ODA compliance Simply stating that a proposal is ODA compliant, or will lead to economic development and poverty alleviation does not make it so - it is the supporting evidence that you describe which makes it ODA compliant. ODA Compliance All work funded by GCRF is expected to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and therefore you should relate your work
back to the UN SDGs. Be aware that each SDG has a set of specific targets to be achieved by 2030. Be specific and convey exactly how your work will address particular target(s) Where your work cuts across several SDGs, highlight this Do not make tenuous connections between your work and SDGs to seem as though you are addressing a higher number of them. This is likely to come across as though you do not understand the SDGs properly. You should build ODA into the entire philosophy of your proposal do not restrict it to certain sections.
Needs to be compliant throughout project - not just at outset ODA Compliance Statement When writing the statement consider the following: Which country/ countries on the DAC list will directly benefit from this proposal and are these countries likely to continue to be ODA eligible for the duration of the research? How is your proposal directly and primarily relevant to the development challenges of these countries? How do you expect that the outcome of your proposed activities will promote the economic development and welfare of a country or countries on the DAC list?
GCRF assessment criteria When drafting the proposal, consider your Research as falling into one or more of these constructs: Research for Development Research as Development
Research on Development undertaking research that addresses the challenges for developing countries here context and pathway to impact will be key building capacity with developing countries to solve their own challenges here partnerships in country will be key undertaking independent research to critically assess ODA actions, mechanisms and outcomes GCRF assessment criteria Beyond ODA compliance, there are four main
criteria for assessing GCRF grant applications: Research excellence Problem and solution focused Partnership and capacity building Likelihood of impact GCRF assessment criteria Research excellence: Same standard of research excellence but not constrained by
traditional methodologies or disciplinary silos. You should aim to demonstrate: You are bringing together key knowledge and expertise from different research communities. Show your research will involve a mix of perspectives. Co-creation of research with LMIC partners. Highlight where you have involved LMIC partners who are not researchers (eg. policy makers) in research design and planning for implementation and uptake. You are bringing together groups who may not traditionally work with each other GCRF assessment criteria Problem and Solution Focused:
Problems: Emphasise the scale of the problem globally Hone in on why this is a particular problem in your selected LMIC(s) Reference where your projects fits within the UN SDGs. If it cuts across several, highlight this. Show an in-depth understanding of why this is a problem in your selected area(s): Show an understanding of the cultural, social, economic context of the problem Demonstrate awareness of any existing global or local efforts to tackle the problem If applicable, state how the research fits into the LMICs policies and strategic objectives If there are aspects of the problem still to understand, address how you will do this within your research Demonstrate that those on the ground (eg. partners &
stakeholders) have helped you identify the problems it must be clear that you havent just assumed something is a problem. GCRF assessment criteria Problem and Solution Focused: Solutions: Make sure it does not come across as though you are imposing something you think is a solution. Demonstrate that you have co-created solutions with partners from the LMIC ie. they have been involved in the designing of proposed approaches for seeking the solution Demonstrate there is a local appetite for finding solutions Demonstrate stakeholder engagement ie. show evidence that those who will benefit from the project are committed to uptake of solutions
Show that you are aware of potential barriers to uptake of research results in the LMIC. Partners and relevant stakeholder should be able to help with this. Highlight any preliminary data or other evidence that demonstrates the proposed research is feasible in the LMIC. Just assuming could imply a lack of knowledge of in-country issues If youre targeting a relatively wealthy country on the DACs list, you should make clear how your work will benefit a vulnerable section of the population. GCRF assessment criteria Partnerships and Capacity Building:
Partnerships: A collaborative feel should come across throughout your entire proposal: Make sure it comes across that partners will be involved in every step, from research design through to dissemination of results Avoid top-down language or anything with imperialistic tones Be specific about the role and contribution of the partners. If youve worked together before, highlight any past successes (do you have a track record of delivering?) If the partnerships are new, explain how they came about, why you are working together, and how you will build the relationship GCRF assessment criteria
Partnerships and Capacity Building: Capacity Building: Think about where you can realistically add value. Emphasis on not just the research but also the admin and management being shared between partners. Technical and skills development: Include relevant bespoke training to develop capacity at all career levels Make sure any proposed skills development has the primary aim of improving LMICs ability to undertake research on the identified challenges. Where appropriate, provide opportunities for colleagues from LMICs to train in UK labs or present findings in international conferences. Select the most appropriate colleagues to travel to the LMIC eg. if you are exchanging experimental techniques, it may be more appropriate to send someone with technical expertise, and not the PI. Do not just address technical skills development is there a need for professional, soft and transferable skills development? (eg. leadership
skills). Consider training opportunities for UK researchers by LMIC researchers GCRF assessment criteria Likelihood of impact: Knowledge exchange & dissemination Who do you need your findings to reach and how to do this Highlight how you will make findings accessible Ensuring solution uptake Demonstrate that you are involving partners who can deliver impact. Highlight where PIs/CoIs/partners can demonstrate good track record of delivering impact.
Sustainability and translation of results Explain the extent to which research within the LMIC might be sustainable beyond the lifetime of the research grant, and what approaches will drive this. Demonstrate how you will ensure these partnerships will endure beyond the life of the project. Monitoring & evaluation It is important to demonstrate the efforts you will take to monitor and evaluate your project, throughout its lifetime, to ensure you are on-track to deliver proposed impact. GCRF assessment criteria Some examples of the type of impact you may be aiming to have are below: Developmental impact: societal, economic and environmental impact
Policy impact: influence on key policy processes and evidence-informed decisions Capacity development: strengthened capacity to produce, communicate and use research in LMICs Collaborative impact: development of long-lasting, innovative and interdisciplinary collaborations that can advance global development Practice-level impact: influence on development practice and development practitioners Knowledge as a global public good: open access to research and data to benefit wider society Conceptual impact: influence on how people think about development issues GCRF assessment criteria Summary
ODA Compliance GCRF assessment criteria Research excellence Problem and solution focused Partnership and capacity building Likelihood of impact GCRF Partnership Development Fund
(previously the GCRF Partnership, Workshop and Fortuity funds) https://research.kent.ac.uk/researchservices/gcrf-partnership-dev elopment-fund/ GCRF Partnership Development Fund Part of our overall GCRF strategy Facilitate partnerships with colleagues in ODA DAC list countries Part of our additional QR allocation from Research England. The fund has a broad remit and is intended to support: Activity following up on previous partnerships funded via GCRF
QR (please note that priority will be given to these projects); New relationships and collaborative projects; Activities that require a last-minute, small pot of funding. GCRF Partnership Development Fund Eligibility Open to all academics and Early Career Researchers based at the University. Must be ODA Compliant Funding available For 2019/20: 120,000, and the upper limit per application is
10,000. Value for money will be an assessment criterion. GCRF Partnership Development Fund Key dates Call opens: Monday, 14 October 2019 Call closes: Monday, 18 November 2019 at 5pm Outcome communicated: by Monday, 2 December 2019 All expenditure must take place by 1 June 2020 Report due by 1 July 2020 Further information
Please contact the Global Challenges Officer, Grace Grussenmeyer: [email protected] https://research.kent.ac.uk/researchservices/gcrf-partnership-de velopment-fund/ The GCDC team Dr Beth Breeze GCDC Director Centre for Philanthropy [email protected] Dr Frank Grundig Grace Grussenmeyer
To provide scholarships for doctoral research that helps achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals by tackling economic and social problems faced by developing countries on the OECDs Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list. To provide the best possible academic and pastoral support for our doctoral researchers To create a welcoming home for all those on our campuses who are aligned with the goals of the GCRF Ten GCDC PhD scholarships
Staff-led and Student-led competition Fees and annual stipend for 3.5 years at the UKRI rate (TBC but stipend was 15,009 for 2019/20) Research Training Supprot Grant 1,500 per year for first three years of study, plus access to top up fund. Specialised interdisciplinary GCDC cohort training activities. Support from GCDC events, research methods, social & networking, a doctoral community on campus. Deadline for GCDC scholarship applications Sunday 19 Jan 2020
Staff-led GCDC PostDoc awards Academic staff members are invited to suggest six-month projects suitable for a postdoctoral researcher to conduct. Projects must adhere to Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) stipulations and are intended to enhance the capacity of our academics and their partners to deliver world-class ODA compliant research and impact Key points: 6 month appointments must begin by 1 Feb 2020. Projects must be feasible within the given timeframe and demonstrate strong projected impact and outputs. The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to participate in and contribute to the development of GCDC activities. Deadline: Monday 18 November 2019. Decisions by end of November. Schools will liaise with HR to advertise and fill the posts.
Other ways to connect with the GCDC GCDC Hangouts GCDC Hangouts A monthly, interdisciplinary event that includes lunch
and a broad discussion on a global challenge An opportunity to connect with the GCDC cohort, their supervisors and the larger network of Kent academics working to address global challenges through research Inaugural GCDC Hangout: Wednesday, 13 November, from 1-2pm in CE329 (third floor of Cornwallis East) led by GCDC director, Dr Beth Breeze. RSVP to Grace Grussenmeyer: [email protected] Any questions? THE UKS EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY
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