Funding opportunity: GCRF-STARS

Research and Innovation Development Office

Category: Calls

28 September 2017

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has had success down the years with its efforts to fund training and skills development.

It has created a funding scheme called Strategic Training Awards for Research Skills (STARS), this time specifically under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) umbrella, to continue this effort.

GCRF-STARS will support upskilling of researchers, graduate students, and citizens of low/middle-income countries in tackling those areas of GCRF relevant to BSBRC, particularly:

  • secure and resilient food systems
  • sustainable health and wellbeing
  • affordable and sustainable energy
  • sustainable livelihoods, economic growth through the circular bioeconomy
  • resilience and environmental change
  • sustainable production and consumption
  • Prevention of diseases in humans and farm animals relevant to the developing country
  • prevention of crop disease in varieties grown in/developed for developing countries.

While the funding will not pay for education in the form of PhD, MSC, or MRes studentships, it can be used for skills schools, research experience placements and many other activities. The council gives the example of creating online courses as a resource for the world.

Up to £300,000 per year is available, but applications may be for up to £100,000 only. This can be a recurring award for three years if appropriate, or for short, discrete activities as the project may require.

It is expected that the training created will be designed in conjunction with a low/middle-income country requiring the training to tackle its GCRF skills gap.

"Applications should include a letter from the developing country partner that describes the skills gap/training opportunity and how the collaboration would be beneficial to researchers in that country."

The call closes at 4pm on 1 November 2017.


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