The College has been allocated a three year Research England GCRF award running from 1 August 2018 to 31 July 2021.

Funding is available to support activities across three main activity streams: (i) support the creation of sustainable networks, (ii) fund collaborative research activities with a view to preparing academic colleagues to respond to future opportunities under GCRF and, (iii) to undertake knowledge exchange to transfer existing research outputs to the benefit of partner organisations.

Activities to be supported include:

  • Visits and networking activities between Imperial academics and collaborators at one or more research organisations in an eligible ODA country;
  • Exploratory research and pump-priming activities which have the potential to benefit one or more ODA countries (this should be undertaken in partnership with Research Organisations in eligible ODA countries);
  • Knowledge exchange, building on previously developed research outputs, which aims to benefit one or more ODA countries through collaborations with Research Organisations, Government Agencies, Third-Sector Organisations or Social Enterprises.

Call schedule.

CallClosing Date
 Round One 1700 (GMT) 27 September 2018
 Round Two 1700 (GMT) 30 May 2019
Closing dates

Depending on demand in Round Two, the availability of Round Three for 2019-2020 will be confirmed by the end of June 2019.

Applications should be submitted to

Applications should include a case for support of up to 3 sides of A4 and a completed GCRF Research England Cover Sheet.

GCRF Research England Call Guidance.

If applicants are intending to work with external partners who have not previously worked with the College, appropriate due diligence checks must be completed.

Additional guidance on applying for and managing GCRF projects can be found in our GCRF Toolkit.

New for 2019, applications will need to include a Gender Equality Statement as part of their cover sheet, further information on UKRI Gender Equality Statements.