Ten partnership building projects, including two from the School, have been awarded internal Pump-Priming Funding from the University’s SFC GCRF funding allocation. The aim of the competition, coordinated by Research & Innovation Services (RIS), is to enhance our ability to respond to funding opportunities under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). GCRF is the £1.5bn fund pledged by the UK government to support excellent research which addresses the challenges of developing countries, by bringing together the UK’s research and Official Development Assistance (ODA) budgets. GCRF fits with the University’s vision to transform lives locally and globally and requires a new approach to securing research funding which is interdisciplinary and impactful.
The awards recognise the strength of our research and their relevance to low and middle income countries (LMIC) and enable these teams to build stronger links with organisations in these countries and with intermediaries.
Specifically within the School two projects have been awarded funding. The first project is led Prof Ian Gilbert from the DDU. The award will support building important connections with the WHO in the area of Antimicrobial Resistance, working with Bangalore Life Science Cluster India and the Oxford University Research Unit in Vietnam. The second project is led Prof Claire Halpin and Prof Robbie Waugh from Plant Sciences. Their award will help develop meaningful collaborations through networking activities in Ethiopia involving local universities, the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) and the National Agricultural Research System (NARS) with an aim to grow research capacity in barley and address food security in Africa.
Story adapted from full story by Joanne Butterworth.
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