SFC Global Challenges Research Fund (Rapid Response & COVID-19) FY 2020-21

As academics working in ODA countries on Global Challenges projects, we stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, and with disadvantaged communities across the globe. We recognise that universities, and the research and teaching that takes place there, have been part of a wider systemic framework that has seen minority voices silenced, and that has seen racism go unaddressed. In all our projects, with all our partners globally, we are actively working to promote academic practice that is centred upon equity and that acknowledges injustices with current structural privilege. We commit to continue to prioritise projects ​that support equitable attitudes and recognise that we still have more to learn together through our collaborations.

Please also refer to the University of St Andrews equality policy.

The MAIN CALL is now closed

The Rapid Response and COVID-19 funding stream are now closed for applications

This funding is intended for interdisciplinary and/or collaborative research which addresses the challenges defined for developing countries in the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

The University has secured funding through the Scottish Funding Council for academic year 2020-21 as the third and final year of a 3-year strategy for projects to support cutting-edge research that promotes 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)

The University is committed to supporting projects that are intended to make a real difference to the lives of people in ODA countries, particularly in countries on the Least Developed, Low Income and Lower Middle-Income DAC list[1].

The aim is to develop strong and enduring partnerships between the University and developing-country researchers to enhance the research and innovation capacity of both and to deliver substantial impact on improved social welfare, economic development, and environmental sustainability.

This funding will be open to new and existing applicants to SFC GCRF funding from all disciplines.

Rapid Response and COVID-19 projects can be up to £30k to cover the period early September 2020 – July 2021.

Applications are welcome from researchers who may not previously have considered the applicability of their work to development issues.

Please note that applications will not be accepted if pre-award due diligence has not been initiated for monies outgoing to ODA collaborator(s). All due diligence paperwork will need to signed off by FAS and Research Integrity ([email protected]) before submitting your application.

Priority umbrella themes are:

  • Energy and innovation
  • Global health and inequality
  • Sustainability and environmental change
  • Culture heritage and development (added in 2019)

Sustainable livelihoods, promoting justice and humanitarian action, and secure and sustainable food systems are relevant to each theme and, in line with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) priorities, cross-cutting issues of gender equity and rapid urbanization should also be considered.

PLease note that St Andrews-based salary costs[2] should not exceed 30% of the requested funding and attntion should be paid to the balance the costs and spend in the ODA country context. If appropriate, the overhead rate for DAC list country co-investigators is up to 20% of salaries and other staff-related costs (i.e. statutory contributions analogous to UK National Insurance or Superannuation contributions).[3].

Activities should be challenge-led and align with the GCRF Strategy and BEIS ODA Statement of Intent which were published at the end of June 2017:

Applicants are encouraged to consult the UKRI ODA Global Challenged Research Fund Guidance.

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 major drivers of today’s development challenges:

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

Funding should demonstrate strong expertise to deliver maximum benefits to the global poor and have the clear pathways to impact. Applications should include anticipated outcomes and project aims and explain how these are directly and primarily relevant to addressing the problems of developing countries.

We encourage applicants, especially those applying for the first time to GCRF funding, to seek advice from members of the St Andrews Global Challenge Forum by contacting [email protected] in the first instance.

[1] https://www.oecd.org/dac/financing-sustainable-development/development-finance-standards/DAC_List_ODA_Recipients2018to2020_flows_En.pdf

[2] The fund is not intended to support the following costs:

  • Salary costs for St Andrews’ permanent academic or professional staff
  • Non-ODA estates and indirect costs
  • PhD / Masters fees
  • Publisher Open Access

[3] Indirect costs may not be charged on non-staff related direct costs, e.g. equipment, consultancies and conferences or travel and subsistence. Please note that only DAC List Country Co-Investigators are eligible for up to 20% of international salary related costs as overheads/indirect costs and that this does not apply to non-DAC list country Co-Investigators. If a co-investigator is from a country flagged as likely to graduate from the DAC list during the course of the project this should be treated as a country NOT on the DAC list.’