Research and Innovation Development Office
24 January 2018
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has announced another opportunity under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) umbrella - the funding created to support the development of official development assistance (ODA)-eligible countries.
In this case, the opportunity is all about young people. The ESRC aims to fund studies that investigate the issues and barriers encountered by young people as they attempt to acquire skills, or as they experience inequality, in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). ESRC says:
"We are looking for ambitious projects, capable of proposing new avenues for research, that directly engage with this agenda. This may include comparative, cross-regional and cross-sectoral research. Partnerships, whether with academics, policymakers or stakeholders, are encouraged."
In other words, work under grants from this call should engage widely with LMIC populations and local stakeholders to understand and propose solutions to the issues of young people in your chosen target country. Inequalities are discussed in the call guidance such as gender, class and caste, all of which can affect a young person's access to training and self-development. The ESRC is especially interested in how this relates to the UN Sustainable Development Goals:
"The call seeks to address how creative solutions to meeting the SDG challenges (such as developing clean energy, revitalising the public sphere, ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all, etc) work with programmes to develop education and skills."
ESRC expects to fund projects at a range of sizes, so there should be no disadvantage to proposing smaller or larger projects. The upper limit for funding is £1 million, and the total funding pot is £5 million. As usual for ESRC, funding is available at 80% fEC. International Co-Is from GCRF-eligible countries would be entitled to request 100% fEC for their costs.
Call deadline: 4pm on 22 March 2018.