Background
Each year the Universities receives quality related research funding (QR) from HEFCE for GCRF related activity, this year the university has decided to issue a portion of this fund by open competition. Funds should be used to support cutting edge research that addresses the challenges of economic development and well-being faced by developing countries on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list.


Eligible activity
Applications are welcomed from members of any department or faculty at the University of Oxford. The PI(s) must be a current employee of the University of Oxford, holding an academic post, or PI on a research contract awarded competitively and intended to enable the holder to establish an independent research career, with their current employment outlasting the duration of this project. 

The funds can be used for any activity or combination of activity listed below:
• Capacity and capability building
• Interdisciplinary and collaborative research activity
• Generating impact from research both within and beyond the sector
• Pump-priming activities to underpin GCRF and Newton bids to other funders,
including relationship building
• Rapid response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need

All activity must be ODA eligible and all funds must be spent by July 2018.

Types of projects/activity we are looking to fund
Any activity which is eligible can be applied for, and we envisage funding projects and activity across a brought range of size (£1000-£50,000) and scope. This can range from dialogue meetings and events, secondments, additional activity on existing funded projects or fact finding research projects which may lead into larger GCRF/Newton bids. 

For more information, please visit the University's call webpage

Funder deadline: 12th January 2018

Research Services deadline: 5th January 2018

Faculty first draft review: 2nd January 2018

EOI: 22nd December 2017