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Funding competition: Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) demonstrate impact in developing countries

Deadline: 10 June 2020

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) will invest up to £9.3 million in prototype stage projects. The projects must have the potential to transform lives in developing countries, through appropriately designed innovation that responds to real market demand.

They will support projects that address one of the 10 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the development of innovative processes, products and services. These projects must lead to the deployment of those innovations within one OECD DAC list recipient country in scope for this competition (Colombia is included).

This funding is split into 2 phases:

  • Discovery: enabling businesses to gain insights into local market feasibility for the innovation prior to prototyping.
  • Prototype phase: to test, validate and improve a prototype of the innovation in a developing country market.

This competition is to secure funding for phase 1 projects. Only successful phase 1 applicants will be eligible to apply for the phase 2 funding.

Your phase 1 discovery project must include human-centred research and design to make sure your idea meets the needs of customers and users, and your prototype plans reflect realistic use cases; can include activities to ensure that your prototype will be technically feasible in the local context of a developing country; must determine how the innovation could be effectively prototyped in that country during phase 2.

Your project’s maximum grant can be no more than £60,000 for phase 1 and your total eligible costs must be between £85,000 and £120,000. If you request more than the maximum grant award, your application will be ineligible.

The technical project work can be led by an organisation from any country. The administrative work must be led by a business from the UK.

The administrative lead must be a UK registered business, of any size, which will be the recipient of the award, will distribute any funding to the international (non-UK) partners, will manage and be accountable for the project’s finances in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award, and must claim funding through this competition.

The technical lead can be from any country, can be a business of any size, research organisation, public sector organisation, research and technology organisation or not for profit organisation; will lead on the development of the scope, work packages within the project and other work from a technical perspective, and must claim funding through this competition.

Academic institutions cannot lead or work alone.

The technical and administrative leads can work in collaboration with others, including international partners. You do not have to include international partners in this phase 1 competition but you must include them in phase 2.

To collaborate with the lead organisation, you must be a business of any size, research organisation, public sector organisation, research and technology organisation (RTO), or a charity or other not for profit organisation; and be invited to take part by the administrative lead.

International partners will be funded through the administrative lead, on the same grant percentage terms as UK organisations of the same category. The leads and funded partners must all enter their costs in the application.

Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding. Their costs will count towards the total eligible project costs.

Deadline: 10 June 2020, 12:00 midday UK time (06:00 Colombian time)

More information: website of the call


[Boletín SIUN 485, 7 de mayo de 2020]

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