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Promoting Meaningful and Equitable Relationships? Exploring the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Funding Criteria from the Perspectives of African Partners

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8 June 2020

BPI board member and Vice Chancellors Fellow Dr Tigist Grieve and Dr Rafael Mitchell Lecturer at the School of Education have published a paper Promoting Meaningful and Equitable Relationships? Exploring the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Funding Criteria from the Perspectives of African Partners.

Drawing on evidence from workshops in the Ethiopia, Rwanda and the UK, this study finds that there is a clear appetite for interdisciplinary, solutions-focused research which responds to issues of immediate local concern. The GCRF criteria do address many of the historic challenges to creating equitable partnerships with African researchers, but concerns remain about how valued opportunities for international partnership can be extended to organisations which lack a strong institutional profile.  

The study provides valuable insights for funders, academics and others who are keen to establish genuinely equitable research partnerships.

The three workshops were convened by Dr Grieve with funding from DSA, ESRC and University of Bristol.

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