This award offers an exciting opportunity to foster and promote international collaboration between outstanding research groups in the UK and overseas, with a view to supporting work on global challenges and problems facing developing countries. The award is available for up to three years.
The objectives of these challenge awards are to:
- Support the development of sustainable collaborative partnerships between outstanding researchers in the UK and the best research groups in developing countries to generate new approaches to the most significant and complex problems faced by developing countries
- Strengthen research capacity in developing countries through collaboration, sharing of knowledge and skills and exchange of staff between research groups in the UK and their partners in developing countries.
- Attract outstanding international scientists from developing countries and their teams to work with the UK’s best universities and research institutions.
- Support the research of the best UK scientists working in fields relevant to the Global Challenges to formulate new approaches to global development problems
The proposed research must be within the Royal Society's remit of natural sciences, which includes but is not limited to biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics. For a full list, see our guidance. The Royal Society does not cover clinical medicine (such as patient orientated research and clinical trials), social sciences or humanities.
Am I eligible to apply?
The UK applicant and overseas co-applicant must both be research leaders of international standing with an established track record in their field of research. You must demonstrate evidence of leading a strong research group as well as leadership within the research community, in particular making a substantial contribution to the identification and execution of independent research. As a guide, we would expect both applicants to have at a minimum 8 years of active post-PhD research experience.
Before applying, please ensure that you meet all the eligibility requirements, which are explained in the scheme notes.
Applicants can only submit one application per round.
What is the scheme’s level of support and duration?
Up to £75,000 per year and will be dependent on case for support.
- Duration of up to 36 months. Please note that the first two years of funding are confirmed while the third year is subject to the renewal of the Society's GCRF funding.
- The Collaboration Award can be used flexibly on activities directly relevant to supporting collaboration between the UK applicant, overseas co-applicant and their research groups. Requests can include: research expenses, travel and subsistence for the applicants or members of their team, contribution towards research assistance and small pieces of equipment (no more than £10,000 per item).
All projects must commence by 31 December 2019.
What is the application process?
Applications should be submitted through the Royal Society’s grants and awards management system (Flexi-Grant®). Applications are initially reviewed by members of the International Collaboration Awards Scheme panel with the most appropriate scientific expertise. Following this a shortlist is drawn up which is reviewed by the panel Chair before a decision is made by the Panel. Results are available approximately six months after the round closes.
Please note that confirmation of support from the UK and overseas heads of department will need to be completed before the advertised deadline in order to successfully complete and submit the application. Your Research Office will not be able to approve your application for submission to the Royal Society until the departmental supports and application form have been completed. Applicants should bear this in mind when coordinating the completion of the application prior to submission.
Further guidance about the Global Challenge Research Fund can be found here.