SFC ODA Global Challenges (GCRF) FY 2017-18

The University has recently been allocated funding through the SFC Official Development Assistance GCRF for FY 2017-18 for the purposes of supporting cutting-edge research that promotes, as its primary objective, the economic development and well-being of countries on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list. The OECD DAC list is available on: http://www.oecd.org/dac/stats/daclist.htm

Acceptable use of funds include supporting:

  • Capacity and capability building in the UK and developing countries
  • Challenge-led interdisciplinary and collaborative research activity
  • Pump-priming activities to under-pin GCRF bids to other funders, including relationship building
  • Generating impact from research both within and beyond the sector
  • Rapid response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need

Applicants are welcome from researchers who may not previously have considered the applicability of their work to development issues. This funding is open to all disciplines and interdisciplinary applications are welcome.

Activity is to align with the GCRF Strategy and BEIS ODA Statement of Intent which were published at the end of June 2017:

The UK Aid Strategy recognised that research and innovation has a critical role to play in tackling global challenges which most significantly impact upon developing countries. The report identifies the following as major drivers of today’s development challenges:

  • The youth bulge
  • Urbanisation
  • Global health security
  • Fragility and conflict
  • Climate change

Funding will prioritise those areas that have the strongest pathways to impact and where there is the strongest demonstrable expertise to deliver maximum benefits to the global poor.

The internal application and guidance form: SFC ODA CGRF Guidance and application form 2017

The fund is not intended to support the following costs:

  • Buy-out of time or salary costs for permanent academic staff
  • Estates and indirect costs or other overheads
  • Short falls from FEC funded research
  • PhD student fees
  • Publisher costs associated with Open Access

Application process and funding available

  • Applications for this call will be open until the deadline of 5.00 p.m. Wednesday 20th September 2017.
  • It is possible to fund small or large projects, but it’s unlikely that many projects above £30k will be funded.
  • Total funding available is £316k, but a small portion of funds will be reserved for contingency and emergency responses, for which applications can be made at any point provided the spend allocation deadline of 31st March 2018 can be met.
  • All applications should be emailed to impact@st-andrews.ac.uk by the deadline copying in your Director of Research and Director of Impact, so that they are aware of your proposal. You may wish to discuss your ideas with your Director of Research or Director of Impact before submission, or to contact impact@st-andrews.ac.uk.
  • Please contact FAS where applicable for costings related to your application.
  • All spend on the grants must be allocated by 31st March 2018 with no option of extension.

Conditions of funding

All researchers funded under this scheme will be expected to:

  • Maintain a record in Pure, keeping any evidence of impact as it occurs during and after the project ends. For all successful applicants, Research Impact Officers will start a new impact record, or add to an existing record in Pure, using information provided at the application stage.
  • Report on progress with their project in the summer of 2018. Outcomes from the funding must be available for our institutional level reporting to the SFC.