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Key resources

Here we've pulled together some more information and resources relevant to those interested in the GCRF in one place to help you find what you need to know more easily.

GCRF Investigator Training

SIID have recently published a new GCRF Investigator Training Blackboard Site linked to below. Topics include: Building Partnerships, Impact, Key thinkers in international development, Research Ethics, Gender and Diversity, Participation and Co-Production, Decolonising our Research. Please contact Daniel Kirby ( to request access and for any queries.

GCRF Investigator Training Blackboard Site

Fast Track Impact GCRF resources

Prof. Mark Reed, who runs the Fast Track Impact blog, has written two blog posts on his experiences as a GCRF panel reviewer, and developed a range of useful resources for those interested in applying to the GCRF.

GCRF Resources Blog post 1 Blog post 2

GCRF Implementation Handbook

The handbook linked to below helps explain some of the our post-award processes and delivery challenges which PIs might want to consider before applying for either internal or external GCRF funding.

GCRF Implementation Handbook


Contact Peter Caven ( or your Faculty Research Growth Officer for guidance and support on applications, or Tom Readford ( for advice on shaping and articulating plans for impact.

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Evidencing in-country need

Citing evidence that your proposed research addresses a priority challenge in country is extremely important for GCRF. What constitutes reliable and authoritative evidence for in-country need will largely depend on the nature of the challenge you are addressing, but the UN Sustainable Development Goal index provides a breakdown of current progress towards the SDGs for individual countries, and the Africa's Agenda 2063 is helpful for evidencing need for African-focused projects.

 SDG Index    Africa Agenda63


Below are some guidance documents relating to methodologies which are strongly encouraged in GCRF proposals.

Interdisciplinary toolkit     A guide to co-production


Funders are increasingly recognising the importance of attending to provisions for safeguarding in project design as early as possible, and commissioned a number of resources to provide guidance for researchers and other stakeholders to refer to.

UKCDR safeguarding resources Safeguarding resource and support hub UKRI policy on preventing harm in research

ODA compliance

Below there are resources which help explain what constitutes ODA (Overseas Development Assistance) research, and how to write ODA compliance statements.

ODA guidance     Is it ODA?     Countries and territories eligible to receive ODA

If you would like to see an example of an ODA compliance statement from a successful GCRF application, please e-mail Peter Caven (

Equitable partnerships

Funders are increasingly emphasising the importance of ensuring equitable partnerships between UK and DAC list collaborators for GCRF projects. The resources below provide some key reflections on how to go about doing this.

Recommendations to UKRI on promoting equitable partnerships in GCRF

KFPE 11 Principles & 7 Questions for Transboundary Research Partnerships

ESPA report - Research for development impact: The role of equitable partnerships

Gender equality

In response to new requirements for all UKRI GCRF/Newton Fund applications to consider the dimensions to gender equality and provide a 1 page Gender Equality Statement, the White Rose Gender Equality College has been established. This initiative spans across the universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York and aims to give those who are working on research applications, access to those with expertise in gender studies and gender equality challenges.

Key features:

You will be introduced to a relevant college member. It is then up to both parties, how you would like to develop the professional relationship if that means just a one off meeting over coffee or integration within the project team.

Feedback will be requested about how useful you found the interactions.

Please contact: Claire or Mel to find out more or connect with a college member.

White Rose Gender Equality College

We have also developed the following annotated list of resources to help with writing your statement.

Annotated list of resources  Research in Gender and Ethics website

Logframe and Theory of Change 

GCRF calls are increasingly encouraging (and in some cases requiring) applicants to include a logframe and/or a Theory of Change to help demonstrate how their projects will deliver impact. These have long been in use by international development aid agencies, but researchers may not be experienced in developing them. Guidance for producing these can be found below.

Theory of Change guidance

How to write a logframe: a beginner's guide Theory of Change examples

If you need help with constructing your Theory of Change or advice regarding impact on an ODA research proposal, please contact our International Impact Officer Tom Readford (

Other ODA research funding sources

GCRF is not the only source of ODA funding, and the documents below describe some of the opportunities under other schemes.

Overview of other international development funds (PDF, 239KB)Non-GCRF/Newton Fund Global Health Research ODA funding

UK Collaborative on Development Research (UKCDR)

Helpful case studies and advice about international development research.

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