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The Global Challenge Research Fund – A New Opportunity for International Development Research

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 17:30 to 20:00
Manson Lecture Theatre, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Mark Claydon-Smith, Programme Manager for the GCRF Fund at RCUK

If you are an academic interested in conducting research in international development, LIDC has two events this month that will be of importance to you. International develop research in UK is about to go through a dramatic revolution, and LIDC would like to help you make the most of this opportunity. These two events are designed to help you make your development research more fundable and impactful.  

The Global Challenge Research Fund – A New Opportunity for International Development Research

Thursday, 19th May, 17.30, Manson Lecture Theatre, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

The first LIDC event will present the Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF). The UK Research Councils will deliver through the GCRF £1.5b in research grants for international development research over the next five years. This funding is new and additional to existing sources of research support like DFID, the Newton Fund, etc., which will continue. The GCRF represents the largest single boost to research council funding in their history and will create an entirely new stream of development research funding across arts, humanities, social and natural sciences, with particular opportunities for interdisciplinary research.

Jeff Waage, Director LIDC, will introduce Mark Claydon-Smith, Programme Manager for the GCRF Fund at RCUK, who will give an overview of the new fund, how it will be managed, and what this means for researchers. We will also have a Panel of researchers from your Colleges, sharing their experience on delivering development research projects through different UK Research Councils, and the challenges and opportunities they encountered. This will be followed by time for discussion and questions on the development of the GCRF.

Research Excellence Framework: Routes to Impact for International Development Research

Thursday 26th May in the Manson Theatre, LSHTM, 5.30 PM followed by reception

The second event will  focus on international development research as an opportunity for impact, and your contribution to future REFs. Ian Thornton, former Deputy Director of the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences, will present a new analysis of the approximately 100 international development case studies submitted to the 2014 REF and explore the various ways in which development research was shown to have impact, through impacts on communities, governments and international organisations. Richard Black, Pro Director for Research and Enterprise at SOAS, and  member of the 2014 Geography REF panel will talk about development research  the impact case study review process, and Patricia Latter from Royal Veterinary College and Jo Heslop from UCL Institute of Education will talk about impactful development case studies from their Colleges. This will be followed by a discussion, chaired by Jeff Waage.

Registration for this event is here: 

Eventbrite - Research Excellence Framework REF: routes to impact

Both evenings will include a post-event reception where you can talk further with researchers from your and other Colleges, and presenters. Both meetings are limited to 90 participants, and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis

Background picture: Intense 1980, Chuck Rogers via Flickr