Global Challenges Research Fund Networking Grants - Round 5 Open

The awards provide up to £25,000 over one year to support collaborations between developing countries and the UK and to hold networking events aimed at addressing global challenges.

The Academy of Medical Sciences in partnership with the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society, is launching the fifth round of Networking Grants. Applications are invited from across disciplines covering social sciences, engineering, humanities, natural sciences and medicine.

This scheme offers £25,000 to researchers based in Development Assistance Committee (DAC) listed countries to hold networking events with UK researchers. The aim is to forge new links and generate innovative transdisciplinary research ideas to address global challenges. The awards are funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and applications should be made by overseas researchers in collaboration with a UK-based researcher.

The fifth round of the scheme is now open and will close on 04 September 2019.



Applicants can be from any discipline, and applications should focus on building a collaborative network. Therefore proposals should be submitted jointly by a lead overseas researcher from a developing country and a lead researcher based in the UK.

To be eligible to apply, both applicants must:

  • Have completed a PhD or have experience at an equivalent level
  • Have proven research experience in their field
  • Hold a permanent position at an eligible institution (in the UK or a DAC-listed country), or a fixed term contract for the duration of the award

Lead applicants must not be affiliated to a private or commercial organisation. Applications will not be considered if there is more than one UK co-applicant or an overseas applicant not from a DAC-listed country.

This grant forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA), which promotes economic development and welfare in developing countries. In order for applications to be eligible for this grant, applicants must clearly show that their proposal’s aims are in-line with those of the ODA. These include strengthening global peace and security, promoting global prosperity and tackling extreme poverty. The delivery partners for this scheme have provided some ODA guidance for applicants, which can be downloaded from the right side of this page.

Projects for Round 5 must start between 31 January 2020 and 31 March2020, and the funding will last for one year. 

For futher information check The Academy of Medical Sciences' website, and please contact the grants team if you have any queries on +44 (0)203 1413 246, or email

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