GCRF Network Plus Calls and Town Hall Meetings

As part of the UKRI GCRF Collective Programme, AHRC will soon be announcing  three calls for large-scale, Network Plus, collaborative awards for international development. The calls will be inviting proposals targeting the following areas:

  • Education in Conflict and Crisis Research
  • Protection in Contexts of Conflict and Displacement
  • Preventing Conflict, Building Sustainable and Inclusive Peace

These calls are designed to be a part of an interdisciplinary programme delivered by UK Research and Innovation and steered by the GCRF Challenge Leaders. Whilst the AHRC is leading on these three calls, the Network Plus model is intended to support cross-disciplinary working and applicants from all relevant disciplines are encouraged to apply. Proposals will be expected to be challenge-led, internationally collaborative and interdisciplinary in nature.

These three calls will deploy the ‘Network Plus’ funding model, similar to that used under AHRC’s Area-Focused Network Plus call with funding of up to £2 million and up to 4 years duration available for each Network Plus award.

Awards will be administered by a UK research organisation eligible for UKRI funding but will be expected to involve international co-investigators and/or equitable partnerships with developing countries and to run calls open to LMIC-led research applications.

A number of Network Plus awards will be supported under each call and all the funded Network Plus awards supported will be expected to work together collaboratively, within and across themes, and with other relevant research awards in the relevant research portfolios.

The Network Plus model provides opportunities to develop strong and equitable partnerships with low and middle countries and to bring together expertise across disciplines and research organisations to address a set of integrated development challenges. Once established, each Network plus award will be expected to issue open calls for research projects bringing in wider expertise and partnerships to support the development of their research agenda.

Town Hall meetings

AHRC is holding a series of town hall meetings to explain the ambitions for these three specific Network Plus calls in more detail and discuss how they fit within the wider GCRF Collective Programme.

The town hall meetings to discuss the three network plus calls will take place on the following dates:

  • 14 February 2019 – Birmingham
  • 25 February 2019 – London
  • 12 March 2019 – Edinburgh

If you are interested in attending one of these meetings, please complete the following survey detailing your interest in attending and relevant expertise. Please note the survey for applications to attend the each Town Hall meeting will close as follows:

  • Birmingham will close on Tuesday, 29 January 2019
  • London will close on Thursday, 7 February 2019
  • Edinburgh will close Thursday, 21 February 2019

Please note each town hall meeting will discuss each network plus call and consist of the same agenda. Attendance at the Town Meetings is not a requirement for applying. AHRC will make any materials presented at Town Hall meetings available and will publish an FAQ document if significant issues of clarification emerge from these meetings.

For more info about these calls, please visit the AHRC website