Research Funders Workshop series: The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is hosting an event to focus on the funding opportunities available through the GCRF.

In the context of a rapidly changing and uncertain research funding landscape, the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) presents an opportunity for researchers from across the University to align their expertise to secure part of the £1.5 billion available over the next five years.

Announced as part of the Government’s 2015 spending review, it forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance commitment, to support cutting-edge research which addresses the problems faced by developing countries. It will be administered through delivery partners including the Research Councils and national academies.


Keynote speaker at the event will be Professor Alan Winters (University of Sussex) who is a member of the RCUK GCRF Strategic Advisory Group and this will be an opportunity to learn more about GCRF funding, which challenge areas the Fund will focus on, which countries are eligible etc. There will also be presentations outlining the support and structures available at the University and how to prepare for GCRF funding calls.

Commenting on the event, Professor Dinah Birch, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Impact, said: “As the research funding landscape changes in the wake of Brexit, the Global Challenges Research Fund, which will allocate £1.5 billion over the next five years, represents a major opportunity for the University. Professor Alan Winters, who has generously agreed to speak at this event, sits on the national GCRF Strategic Group, and we are exceptionally fortunate to have the opportunity to benefit from his expertise.”

This event is open to researchers, PhD students and professional services staff and will be of interest to all Faculties.

Event Programme

Welcome  Professor Dinah Birch – PVC for Research and Impact

A national perspective on GCRF  Professor Alan Winters – member of RCUK GCRF Strategic Advisory Group

GCRF at the University of Liverpool – Professor Rachel Williams – Interim Chair of UoL GCRF Strategic Planning Group

GCRF and ODA compliance  Christine Bateman – International Development Office

Tea and coffee break

Guidance for academics on preparing for a GCRF bid – Professor Barry Godfrey – HSS APVC for Research and Impact

Q&A panel session and networking

Booking and information

This event will take place on Thursday, 27 October, 10am-12pm in the Chapel, Foresight Centre. It is free to attend but booking is essential. Please register your interest via Eventbrite.

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