LIDC Grantmanship Series: Developing a winning GCRF proposal

LIDC Grantmanship Series: Developing a winning GCRF proposal

London International Development Centre , 36 Gordon Square, London, England, WC1H 0PD
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Are you an academic interested in applying for a Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) grant but have questions about the process? LIDC has a key event coming up to help you understand some of the challenges and considerations surrounding the GCRF funding stream which offers particular opportunities for interdisciplinary research.

This event will consist of a panel session of past and present GCRF panel members, followed by time for discussion and questions on the development of a GCRF application.

What will this event cover?

  • Common mistakes and pitfalls made in GCRF applications

  • The GCRF impact agenda

  • How to build a Southern network

  • How to make your application stand out from the crowd

  • Interdisciplinarity- am I doing it right?


Professor Jeff Waage serves on the RCUK Global Challenge Research Fund Strategy Group and holds a part time Professorship at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he leads and supports programmes that integrate agriculture, environment, nutrition and health research for improving international development outcomes. He is chair of the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) and also serves on the DFID Reseach Advisory Group.

Professor Claire Heffernan is the Director of the London International Development Centre (LIDC) and was a panel member on the GCRF Foundation Awards for Global Agricultural and Food Systems Research. Claire joined LIDC from the School of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Bristol where as Head of Infection and Immunity she initiated the Risk and Resilience Hub which explores four inter-linked critical global challenges: climate change and health, antimicrobial resistance, sustainable food systems and disease emergence. 

Sir Andy Haines is a Professor of Public Health and Primary Care at LSHTM and was previously Director (originally Dean) of LSHTM for nearly 10 years. He has been a member of a number of major international and national committees including the MRC Global Health Group ( chair) and the MRC Strategy Group and serves on the AHRC GCRF Strategic Advisory Group.

Fourth panelist TBC

The UK Research Councils will deliver through the GCRF £1.5b in research grants for international development research over the next five years. This funding is additional to existing sources of research support like DFID, the Newton Fund, etc., which will continue.

The GCRF represents the largest single boost to research council funding in their history and will create an entirely new stream of development research funding across arts, humanities, social and natural sciences, with a focus on interdisciplinary research.

Please note that this event is only open to academics at LIDC member colleges (LSHTM, SOAS, BBK, RVC, UCL IOE, CITY and QMUL).

Register here.