Global Challenges Research Fund Translation Awards 2018

Publish Date: Oct 21, 2017

Deadline: Oct 25, 2017

Global Challenges Research Fund Translation Awards

We are pleased to pre-announce the Global Challenges Research Fund Translation Awards Call.

The GCRF Translation Awards call will fund activities that aim to achieve outcomes that deliver impact. The call aims to enable research outputs of current or previous BBSRC-funded (or other research council-funded research activity that falls within BBSRC remit) to be further developed into practical application, which delivers benefit and impact in developing countries.

The call will open on 25 September 2017 and anticipates supporting 7-10 projects for up to a maximum cost of £80,000 (£64,000 BBSRC contribution at 80% full economic cost (fEC)) each, with a duration of up to 18 months (all projects from the first call will have a fixed end date, 30 September 2019).

This call is funded from the UK government’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). As well as being scientifically excellent, research supported under it must meet the criteria for classification of expenditure as Official Development Assistance (ODA).


This call picks up where research grants leave off and enables research outputs to be further developed into practical application to deliver benefit and impact in developing countries. At the end of the project, a route to application could include a licensing agreement with a third party, the development of a spin-out company or social enterprise.

The call is designed to be flexible, encouraging applicants to be innovative in their approach to accelerating the uptake of research by users through translational and knowledge exchange activities.

Proposals for translational and knowledge exchange activities are welcomed across the BBSRC remit. All GCRF Translation Awards projects must involve project partners/users. These can be private, public or third sector organisations and institutions. Project partners should be engaged by the applicant in the co-creation of the project at the earliest possible point, defining the issues to be addressed, the project objectives, and the specification of outputs, ensuring value and utility to the users. Providing evidence to this effect is essential.

Applications to this call should have a primary focus on the translation of research and/or knowledge, and the following are ineligible:

  • Projects focused solely on delivering training
  • Academics acting as consultants for commercial third parties
  • Projects which only involve/engage the academic community or between the research base and the general public
  • New research.

Working with “In-country” partners

GCRF will deploy world-class research capability within the UK to address the challenges faced by the developing world. Whilst working in partnership with LMICs is strongly encouraged to ensure the research will have an appropriate pathway to impact, it is not mandatory.

In-country partners might also include global agencies and research organisations such as the CGIAR centres. Regulation and ethical issues will vary across different countries and should be considered from the outset where work is focused in a particular country. Researchers funded by this call will be expected to work within applicable international and local guidelines, and to obtain ethical review in the local country(ies) and in the UK.

Working with business

Applications that are collaborations with business are welcomed, particularly where support is leveraged, as cash or in-kind.

Official development assistance

All research funded through the GCRF Translation Awards call will form part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) which is monitored by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) (see external links). Therefore, research proposals submitted to this call should clearly demonstrate that the primary purpose is to promote the economic development and welfare of Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) on the DAC list of ODA recipients as its main objective (see external links).

Proposals that do not clearly articulate how the proposed research will address near-term or long-term benefits to the welfare or prosperity of LMICs will be rejected.


This call is open to current or past research council grant-holders meeting BBSRC eligibility rules as set out in section three of our grants guide (see downloads).

GCRF Translation Awards call grants may be held at the following organisations, providing they are eligible to receive BBSRC research funding: approved UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), approved Research Institutes (RIs) and approved Independent Research Organisations (IROs).

Investigators may only participate in one application to this initiative as a Principal Investigator, but may be involved in more applications as a Co-Investigator.

Applications must build on the outputs of recent or previous BBSRC-funded research activity, or build on a research council-funded research activity which falls within BBSRC remit.

Non-eligible partners may be included, as described in section three of our grants guide, under ‘Collaborative Research Grants’.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted via the Je-S system (see external links) by 25 October 2017, 16:00 (GMT). Late applications will not be accepted.

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