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LIDC Grantmanship Series: Developing a winning GCRF proposal

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 14:30 to 16:30
LSHTM Manson Lecture Theatre

This event was the first in our new series 'Grantsmanship for Researchers' aimed at academics interested in applying for research funding.

LIDC held a key event coming up to help academics understand some of the challenges and considerations surrounding the GCRF funding stream which offers particular opportunities for interdisciplinary research.

This event consisted of a panel session of past and present GCRF panel members, followed by time for discussion and questions on the development of a GCRF application.

Topics covered

  • Common mistakes and pitfalls made in GCRF applications
  • The GCRF impact agenda
  • How to build a Southern network
  • How to make your application stand out from the crowd
  • Interdisciplinarity- am I doing it right?


Professor Jeff Waage serves on the RCUK Global Challenge Research Fund Strategy Group and holds a part time Professorship at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he leads and supports programmes that integrate agriculture, environment, nutrition and health research for improving international development outcomes. He is chair of the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) and also serves on the DFID Reseach Advisory Group.

Professor Claire Heffernan is the Director of the London International Development Centre (LIDC) and was a panel member on the GCRF Foundation Awards for Global Agricultural and Food Systems Research. Claire joined LIDC from the School of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Bristol where as Head of Infection and Immunity she initiated the Risk and Resilience Hub which explores four inter-linked critical global challenges: climate change and health, antimicrobial resistance, sustainable food systems and disease emergence. 

Sir Andy Haines is a Professor of Public Health and Primary Care at LSHTM and was previously Director (originally Dean) of LSHTM for nearly 10 years. He has been a member of a number of major international and national committees including the MRC Global Health Group ( chair) and the MRC Strategy Group and serves on the AHRC GCRF Strategic Advisory Group.

Professor Mark Reed is a Professor of Social Innovation at Newcastle University, in a HEFCE funded Chair as part of N8 AgriFood. He is based at the Institute for Agri-Food Research & Innovation and the Centre for Rural Economy in the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds and Birmingham City University. He has led research worth £10M, is a recognized international expert in impact research and a former GCRF panel member.