International Development Committee announces its first Area of Research Interest: changes to the UK aid budget
The International Development Committee is the first select committee to launch an area of research interest (ARI). Their ARI is focused on ‘changes to the UK aid budget’ and designed to help reinforce the Committee’s scrutiny of changes to the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) budget, the Integrated Review and the forthcoming Development Strategy (which will guide UK aid from 2022 onwards).
How can I engage? Academics at all career stages, research institutions, and experts are encouraged to register their interest in this ARI, add their existing research and any planned research in this topic area to the ARI repository, provide their insights, and suggest questions that the Committee could be asking to the Government in the short, medium, and long-term.
Those who respond to the survey will be entered onto a database of experts who may be contacted by parliamentary staff in order to help them scrutinise government in this area of interest.
If you have evidence or insights on the ARI you can add information about the research and your contact details to the repository.
If this area becomes a topic of scrutiny within Parliament, parliamentary staff may search the repository for relevant research and contacts.
Colleagues wishing to influence policy now or in the future that have expertise in the above stated areas are strongly recommended to prioritise responding to this survey. The opportunity to have your research expertise recognised on a parliamentary database is rare!
More information: International Development Committee ARI: changes to the UK aid budget
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UKRI is very pleased to announce a Call for new members to the UKRI International Development Peer Review College. UKRI is inviting applications for new members to the College from both academics and non-academics from organisations based in or working with DAC list countries, such as policymakers, non-governmental organisations and civil society organisations. Eligible applicants should have ODA experience as well as interdisciplinary knowledge. The Call opens on 25 November and closes 20 December 15.00 UK time.
UKRI especially invites applications from women to achieve their aim of a 50:50 gender balance in College membership. UKRI is also especially keen to receive applications from applicants in certain DAC-list countries (please see section 4 in the Call text) and from certain research areas where the College has a shortage (please see section 5 in Call text).
The Call text has information on eligibility, how to and where to apply. UKRI strongly advises potential applicants to read through the Call text carefully and to look at the SmartSurvey screenshots before starting their application.
A letter of support is required from a senior member of BU. For academics: If you are a professor, your letter of support should be signed by the VC. If you are a senior lecturer, your letter of support should be signed by a department head or equivalent. If you are an Early Career Researcher, it should be signed by a professor in your department or equivalent. Please contact your signatory and confirm their support before beginning your application.
More information about the College can be found on the College webpage.
If you are interested in applying then please inform Jo Garrad in RDS.
There is less than two weeks until the internal GCRF competition closes (deadline Wednesday 28 February). The aim of the competition is to fund a diverse portfolio of research activities with the common feature that they all in some way address the challenges defined for developing countries in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (the SDGs).
Full details available from: http://blogs.bournemouth.ac.uk/research/2018/02/12/apply-for-gcrf-funding-internal-competition-deadline-28-feb/
Today marks the launch of an internal competition to allocate BU’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) grant. This grant has been given to BU from HEFCE as part of their GCRF budget which forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment. The aim is to support a diverse portfolio of research activities with the common feature that they all in some way address the challenges defined for developing countries in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (the SDGs).
The UK’s ODA commitment is monitored by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation (OECD) and GCRF allocations must be spent according to ODA principles. These state that only research directly and primarily of benefit to the problems of developing countries may be counted as ODA. Activity funded through GCRF must promote the economic development and welfare of developing countries as its main objective, any benefit to the UK or other developed countries must be the secondary consideration.
Activities must also comply with ODA guidelines by working with, and supporting development within, countries and territories on the Development Assistance Committee’s (DAC) list of ODA recipients. Universities should endeavour to create equitable partnerships between researchers, practitioners and policy-makers in both developed and developing countries through GCRF-funded activities.
Examples of how funds can be used include:
- Capacity and capability building
- Mono-disciplinary, interdisciplinary and collaborative research activity
- Generating impact from research both within and beyond the sector
- Rapid response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need
- Pump-priming activities to underpin GCRF and Newton Fund bids to other funders, including relationship building
Full details about the GCRF are available here: http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/funding/gcrf/
Colleagues interested in applying should read the BU HEFCE GCRF call specification and guidelines and complete the application form (annex 1 to the guidelines).
Applications must be sent to Julie Northam by Wednesday 28 February.