GCRF New Social and Cultural Insights into Mental, Neurological and Substance Use Disorders in Developing Countries

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The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in collaboration with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is pleased to invite proposals for new research grants that qualify for funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). This call aims to fund a portfolio of innovative and interdisciplinary research that provides social and cultural perspectives on mental, neurological, and substance use (MNS) disorders in developing countries.

The GCRF (www.esrc.ac.uk/gcrf) is a £1.5 billion funding stream to support cutting-edge research which addresses the problems faced by developing countries. GCRF forms part of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment, and as such funding under this call will be awarded in a manner consistent with official ODA guidelines.

The ESRC has a total budget of £4 million allocated to this call. In addition, AHRC will make funds available for projects which fall significantly within their remit. The councils expect to fund a balanced portfolio of proposals of varying sizes and ambitions, with a maximum grant value of £1.25 million (at 100% fEC). It is expected that the portfolio will include grants which are significantly smaller than this maximum value.

Proposals are invited for research grants of durations up to 30 months. Proposals must be led by a researcher at an eligible UK Research Organisation and should be submitted through the Research Councils’ Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S).

Thematic focus

Proposals should address one of the following themes:

  • Socio-economic and cultural contexts and different understandings of MNS disorders
  • Living with MNS disorders
  • Prevention and worsening of, and resilience against, MNS disorders

Further information on the themes can be found within the call specification.

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 11/01/2018

  • Deadline for submitting full proposals – 16.00 on 11 January 2018
  • Panel meeting – 3 May 2018
  • Decisions to applicants – late May 2018
  • Start date for successful proposals  - 1 September 2018

How to make an application

All proposals must be submitted through the research councils’ Joint Electronic Submissions (Je-S) system by 16.00 on 11 January 2018.  Detailed guidance about how to apply is provided below.

Standard ESRC eligibility rules apply. See the RCUK website for a list of eligible organisations (http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/funding/eligibilityforrcs/).

Further Information


For any queries, please refer to the FAQs document above in the first instance. Questions not answered in the FAQs can be emailed to gcrfmentalhealth@esrc.ac.uk

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