Each year the University receives quality related research funding (QR) from HEFCE for GCRF related activity. For the second year the University has decided to issue a portion of this fund by open competition. Funds should be used to support high quality research, impact and/or capacity building activity 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 (click here).

The fund is designed to cover a range of activity across all divisions for details please go here

Full details:

Funder Deadline: 5th September 2018

Faculty 1st draft review: 20th August 2018

Faculty EOI: 13th August 2018 

The amount will depend on the type of award but large awards are expected to be around £50k.

Applications are welcome from members of any department or faculty at the University of Oxford.

The PI 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. 

Many departments have internal eligibility criteria, approval processes and other guidelines to which all applicants should adhere. Please consult your departmental administrator for internal deadlines and further information.

Colleagues from Oxford colleges and the University of Oxford museums can be involved and should be included as academic partners. College-based academics wishing to apply as PIs must apply via a department/faculty. Awards can only be held in departments/faculties, not in colleges.

The funds can be used for any of the activities listed below (or a combination):

  • 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

Large standalone projects which do not lead to external grant applications or provide additionality to ongoing projects are not eligible. All activity must be ODA eligible. Depending on the quality of application we may look to run a second round in winter 2018.

Please contact KarenElizabeth or your Centre Administrator if you are interested in applying.