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Early Childhood Education in low and middle income country contexts

Deadline: March 25, 2019

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), on behalf of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), are pleased to invite applications focussed on Early Childhood Education in low and middle income country contexts.

They aim to fund research that will inform Early Childhood Education (ECE) policy and practice that enables children to reach their developmental potential and gain the knowledge and skills they need for success in school. Through this call we hope to address the noted gap in research in low and middle income country contexts on this topic.

Funding has been allocated from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), which is a £1.5 billion fund to support cutting-edge research which addresses the problems faced by developing countries. GCRF will address global challenges through disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and will strengthen capability for research and innovation within both the UK and developing countries, providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need. GCRF forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment, and funds will be awarded in a manner that fits with ODA guidelines.

They aim to fund large-scale collaborative grants proposals which will each be a focal point for ECE research in their chosen area of focus, and will enable collaborative partnerships across different stakeholders and disciplines.

Grants can be up to £2 million (100% fEC) and up to 48 months duration.

Note: Funding under GCRF, typically has a UK university as the Principal Investigator. However they are required to have co-investigators from developing countries (Kenya included).  To be part of these teams, you need to be proactive and look for UK institutions who would serve as the PI, with you as one of the Co-Is.

RIL Research Admin. Team

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