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GCRF calls too short for starting new partnerships, report finds

Future calls under the £1.5-billion Global Challenges Research Fund must allow more time for applicants to build new partnerships, an evaluation of the programme has found.

In a report published on 19 June, the consultancy firms Itad and Technopolis said that the organisations that award funding from the GCRF “consciously focused their initial calls and promotional efforts on the sub-sets of their research communities with established international development networks”. 

The fund supports R&D projects addressing challenges faced by developing countries. Projects involve researchers and organisations based in both the UK and nations eligible for Official Development Assistance funds. Calls are delivered by bodies including UK Research and Innovation and the national academies.

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