New international funding for research to reduce disaster risk and improve resilience
The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) will join with international partners to support new research into disaster risk, reduction and resilience.
The call is being led by the Belmont Forum, an international partnership which supports international transdisciplinary research into understanding, mitigating and adapting to global environmental change. It includes 28 funding agencies spread across six continents, supporting over 1000 scientists and stakeholders in more than 35 countries.
GCRF will contribute up to £4 million to support approximately 6-8 projects of up to £700,000, in which UK teams collaborate with two other funding partners, as well as researchers in the developing world.
This call responds to the growing need for assessment and reduction of disaster risk, collaborative co-design of resilience strategies with a breadth of stakeholders, and scientifically and technologically enhanced responses to disasters.
Increasing numbers of people are affected by disaster globally, with a disproportionate impact on health, livelihoods and stability in low and middle income countries.
Professor Mark Pelling, UKRI Challenge Leader for Resilience to Environmental Shocks and Change, from King’s College London, said:
“Science plays a key role in better understanding the roots of risk that lie in development policy and practice. Working with policy and practitioners to break cycles of risk accumulation is essential if future development is to be sustainable and resilient.
“As part of the UK's Official Development Assistance budget, the GCRF requires equitable partnership with researches and practitioners in low and middle income countries, the very locations where research is most urgently needed to support processes of change in policy and practice. GCRF’s participation in this call brings to the Belmont Forum not only an additional resource to focus on the places and people most at risk, but also enables sharing of expertise and knowledge between poorer and richer countries and communities within this family of global researches.”
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