AHRC GCRF Urgency Grants pilot scheme open

logoThe Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Urgency Grants pilot scheme is open until 31 October 2020, with ‘Applications for full economic costs up to £150,000 for a period of up to 12 months may be submitted at any time during the period of the pilot scheme.’

AHRC writes:

Recognising the fast-moving nature of many of the challenges facing low or middle income countries (LMICs), the AHRC has launched this scheme to provide an accelerated funding outlet for urgent research priorities. Funded as a part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), it is an open, responsive mechanism through which arts and humanities researchers (working with other disciplines where appropriate) can respond in an agile way to unanticipated urgent research needs. Eligible projects must be fully compliant with the requirements of Official Development Assistance (ODA), addressing a development need or challenge with the potential to support low or middle income countries meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, applications must demonstrate the case for urgency, explaining why the research needs to be done within specified time constraints that cannot be supported through other funding routes.

Applications for full economic costs up to £150,000 for a period of up to 12 months may be submitted at any time during the period of the pilot scheme. Applicants interested in applying should first submit an expression of interest to the AHRC at the earliest opportunity following the emergence of the urgency need or context. If the expression of interest is considered to fall within the scope of the scheme, applicants will then be invited to submit a full application through Je-S for consideration through an accelerated peer review process.

This Pilot Scheme will close to new expressions of interest at 1600 hours on 31 October 2020 after which AHRC will review the pilot and consider extending or revising the scheme. Applicants interested in applying should first submit an expression of interest to the AHRC at the earliest opportunity following the emergence of the urgency need. The AHRC will aim to provide eligibility decisions within five working days of receipt. If the expression of interest is considered to fall within the scope of the scheme, applicants will then be invited to submit a full application via Je-S for consideration through an accelerated peer-review process. Where feasible, AHRC aims to complete the review process within four weeks from submission of the full proposal in Je-S.

Key features of this call:

  • Fund Limit: up to fEC £150,000
  • Project duration: maximum 12 months
  • Projects must be fully ODA compliant
  • Applications must demonstrate how the project meets the urgency requirements of the scheme
  • Full applications will be required to include a gender equality statement
  • Expression of Interest: SmartSurvey: GCRF Urgency Call

AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Urgency Grants pilot – Guidance (PDF, 301KB)

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