A total of £20,000 is available for activities that address Migration and Displacement (MD). This call covers all six Grand Challenges. There are two levels of funding £2,500 and £5,000.
Call for Proposals: Academic Year 2018/19
Application Deadline: 23.59, Friday 4 January 2019
We invite applications for cross-disciplinary activities under the 2018-19 mega-theme of Migration and Displacement (MD), which covers all six Grand Challenges. Projects must be led by applicants from different disciplines, and can include third sector, or other external partners as relevant to the project proposed. Researchers are encouraged to consider MD from the perspective of a particular GC strand, or through a framing of relevance to several strands.
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Two Funding Levels
- Tier 1: up to £2,500 - Applications led by a doctoral student
- Tier 2: up to £5,000* - Applications led by a postdoctoral or more senior researcher
*Tier 2 award applications can be for up to £5,000, but requests for smaller awards also encouraged.
The Grand Challenges have made a commitment to spend at least £20,000 on Migration and Displacement activities in academic year 2018-19. We would like to support at least six projects. GC aims to fund a diverse range of activities, with clear relevance to most, if not all six major GC strands. Awarded funds for use in UCL academic year 2018-19 will be available until July 31st 2019. All expenses must be identified and invoiced by then, although paid-for outputs may still be delivered after that date.
Project outputs can include research or policy workshops, symposia or conferences and reports; preparatory or exploratory material towards larger grant applications; or research-led performance / public art-based outputs, including plays and documentary films (areas of activity in which Grand Challenges is keen to work with UCL Culture). We encourage interaction with non-academic partners external to UCL, including policy-making think tanks, community groups, charities, NGOs, artists or arts organisation.
Migration and Displacement Themes
The subject of the proposal should fall under one of the following themes:
Research on displacement and migration weighs heavily towards those who are either in transit or in the process of resettlement, but what of those who are unable to or cannot make the journey out of a conflict area? What becomes of the women, those with disabilities, or those who are too old or too young to leave? What becomes of those who are displaced within the country or region they seek to leave?
Creativity in Crisis
We want to hear the voices of displaced people who, and/ or from those who work with them to, create meaningful life in their environments and changing settings. Where can ‘frugal innovation’ be seen amongst those living in temporary settlements/ camps or in movement?
Technology and Development
We are interested in work exploring the use and implication of technology in development work. Whether this is work in safely navigating current and post-conflict landscapes to deliver aid, innovation within the information gathering and recording the movements of displaced people, or the repurposing of existing technology, we want investigative projects that address the cultural, social, economical, or political impact of technology has in the lives of displaced people.
The call is not restricted to London-based or UK-based activities. Proposed projects can focus on migration and displacement overseas. Research-focused projects based in London or elsewhere in the UK should be designed with a view to generating insights with global implications.
Project outputs can include research or policy workshops, symposia or conferences and reports; preparatory or exploratory material towards larger grant applications; or research-led performance / public art-based outputs, including plays and documentary films. We encourage interaction with community groups, artists or arts organisations and with UCL Culture.
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