GCRF / PaCCS: Inter-Disciplinary Research Innovation Awards on Conflict and International Development

The AHRC and the ESRC, working together as a part of the conflict theme of the Partnership for Conflict Crime and Security Research (PaCCS), have issued a joint call for Interdisciplinary Research Innovation Awards on Conflict and International Development. This call is funded from the initial allocations the AHRC and ESRC under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

This call aims to support inter-disciplinary research innovation and international collaboration focussed on the interconnections between conflict and international development and with the potential to contribute to the welfare (broadly defined) and/or economic development of Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).

Full proposals are invited for Interdisciplinary Innovation Awards of up to £100,000 (fEC) and up to 18 months duration. Applications are invited for innovative, adventurous, collaborative and interdisciplinary research. The call welcomes applications for projects that are at an earlier stage of interdisciplinary evolution, involve the development of international collaborations, support the development of future research capabilities and/or are led by early career researchers. Proposals are required to span the remits of the AHRC and ESRC, combining substantial insights and expertise from both the social sciences and arts/humanities as well as involving wider disciplinary inputs where appropriate.

The types of interdisciplinary collaborative proposal that could be supported include, for example:

  • exploratory, pilot, experimental, feasibility or proof of concept projects
  • conceptual and methodological development or innovative combinations of approaches and methods
  • novel integration, re-use or re-interpretation of diverse, disconnected or under-utilised research data, literatures, case studies and/or evidence from the past
  • uncovering ‘hidden’ conflict narratives and/or under-explored local knowledges and experiences
  • support for the development of new interdisciplinary, international and non-academic research capabilities, partnerships and collaborations and/or opportunities for research co-production.

Applications under this call can address any topic of relevance to the PaCCS conflict theme provided that they are focussed on conflict in LMIC contexts and its interconnections with issues of international development. Proposals may focus on any stage of the lifecycles of conflict at a variety of scales from the community level through to the global which affect the welfare of people in LMICs, including: conflict avoidance; historical, deep rooted and protracted conflicts; phases in the development, (de-) escalation, (re-) emergence or spread of conflict; the prosecution of conflict; in-conflict development; living with conflict; international and local responses to conflict and its impacts; transitions from conflict; conflict resolution; post conflict development; peacebuilding; and addressing the legacies from conflict.

Proposals under this call could explore the intersections between conflict and a wide range of issues such as: international aid, humanitarian relief and development strategies; fragility; geopolitics; heritage; faith, ideas and ideologies; social cohesion; identities; gender; children in conflict; vulnerability; marginalisation; urbanisation; access to resources; equalities and rights; participation; migration and displaced populations; communication, media and technology – to provide just some illustrative examples from a wide range of possibilities which could fall within the scope of this call (the full call document (PDF, 298KB) outlines a wider range of illustrative research areas). Proposals which explore the interconnections between conflict and other PaCCS themes of transnational organised crime and cybersecurity will also be welcomed.

The call encourages co-design and co-production of knowledge with policymakers, practitioners and communities affected by conflict, and engagement between researchers and users of research in international public and private sectors and civil society in LMICs and/or international development agencies. A key call requirement is for applications to include at least one non-academic partner /collaborator in a LMIC or from an organisation which supports international development who will be fully involved in the design, implementation and dissemination of the proposed research. Projects involving international research Co-Investigators, particularly in LMICs, will also be welcomed.

We anticipate making approximately 8-15 awards under this call with projects expected to start on or by 1 November 2016.

AHRC is leading and manging the call in collaboration with the ESRC and other Research Councils.