Tackling global development challenges through mathematical sciences

This activity is comprised of two related calls, both of which are supported through EPSRC's Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) allocation. The aim of the first call is to support an internationally-leading programme of mathematical sciences research to tackle the challenges faced by developing countries focussed on empowering inclusion and modelling society. The aim of the second call is to build capacity in mathematical sciences research to tackle global development challenges.

Appropriate collaborators in one or more lower-middle-income, low-income or least-developed countries on the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) (PDF) are a mandatory requirement for proposals submitted to the call for research proposals and encouraged for the building capacity call. These collaborators may be academic researchers and/or research users. Collaborators from upper-middle income countries on the DAC list of the OECD may be included on proposals as Project Partners but EPSRC will not contribute to their associated costs.

Applicants must read the full call documents below and then submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) via the appropriate form on this call page (see links below) by 16:00 on 08 November 2018, to be considered through these calls. Full proposals from applicants who have not previously submitted an Expression of Interest will not be considered. Please note that UK applicants may only be named as Investigator (either Principal or Co-Investigator) on one proposal per call.

The EoI form includes the following required fields:

  • Principal Investigator (PI) name
  • Lead UK Research Organisation (RO)
  • Names of any other partner UK ROs
  • Partner lower middle income, low income or least developed country(ies)
  • PI contact email address
  • Research office email address
  • Summary of project (up to 300 words)
  • ODA statement (see guidance below; up to 300 words)
  • Approximate funding to be requested from EPSRC

Both calls for full proposals close at 16:00 on Thursday 14 February 2019.

Expression of Interest forms