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Newton RCUK-Colciencias Research Partnerships Call 2017

Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation of Colombia (Colciencias) are pleased to invite applications to the Newton RCUK-Colciencias Research Partnerships Call 2017.

List of awards

Project Title UK Principal Investigator UK Research Organisation Colombian Principal Investigator Colombian Research Organisation Lead Research Council Colombian Funder
Territorial planning for peace and statebuilding in the Alto Cauca region of Colombia Professor Katherine Gough Loughborough University Dr Irene Velez-Torres University of the Valley ESRC Colciencias
Colombia River Stories:improving socio-environmental understandings for building sustainable peace Dr Mo Hume University of Glasgow Dr Alex Maurcio Jimenez Technological University of Choco ESRC Colciencias
Bringing Memories in from the Margins: Inclusive Transitional Justice and Creative Memory Processes for Reconciliation in Colombia Professor Matthew Brown University of Bristol Dr Fabio Enrique Lopez de la Roche National University of Colombia AHRC Colciencias
Improbable Dialogues: Participatory Research as a Strategy for Reconciliation Dr Simon Rushton University of Sheffield Dr Jefferson Jaramillo Pontifical University Javeriana ESRC Colciencias
School, territory and post-conflict: grounding a local peace culture in Tolima, Colombia Dr Iokine Rodriguez University of East Anglia Dr John Jairo Sarmiento University of Ibague ESRC Colciencias
Pathways to Reconciliation: Investigating the impact of ES.PE.RE (Schools of Forgiveness and Reconciliation) on psychological and social well being Professor Sandra Jovchelovitch London School of Economics & Pol Sci Dr Fabio Idrobo Santa Fe de Bogota Foundation (FSFB) ESRC Colciencias
Development of entrepreneurship in demobilization areas Mr Magnus George Lancaster University Dr Andres Barrios University of the Andes - Colombia ESRC Colciencias
Embodied Performance Practices in Processes of Reconciliation, Construction of Memory and Peace in Choco and Medio Pacifico, Colombia Dr Melissa Blanco Royal Holloway, Univ of London Dr Ana Maria Tamayo Duque University of Antioquia AHRC Colciencias
Mending the New: A Framework for Reconciliation Through Testimonial Digital Textiles in the Transition to Post-Conflict Rural Colombia Dr Dimitrios Papadopoulos University of Leicester Dr Tania Pérez Bustos National University of Colombia AHRC Colciencias
(Un)Stitching the Subjects of Colombia's Reconciliation Process Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara Aberystwyth University Dr Beatriz Arias University of Antioquia AHRC Colciencias

This initiative will provide funding for internationally competitive, transformative and high-quality collaborative research projects which address a broad range of areas related to post-conflict transitions in Colombia under three main themes: participation and inclusion, working towards reconciliation, and education for peacebuilding.

This call aims to bring together researchers from Colombia and the UK, as well as civil society practitioners and public sector stakeholders in order to allow the pursuit of shared research interests. Research proposals should be focused on research that will benefit the Colombian nation in general and at least one of the 170 municipalities targeted under the Development Programs with a Regional Focus (PDET) in particular. More information can be found here (only in Spanish).

The Newton Fund requires that the UK funding is awarded in a manner that fits with ODA guidelines. All applications under this call must therefore be compliant with Official Development Assistance (ODA) guidance  (PDF, 100KB) and demonstrate this compliance within the written proposal.

Consortia should consider how their proposal makes the best use of available expertise in the UK and Colombia, the added value of collaboration and how the proposal will meet the ODA requirements of this Newton Fund activity. 

Application process

Research proposals should be jointly developed but UK and Colombian applicants must apply separately for funding. On the UK side, proposals must be submitted by the UK Research Organisation using the Research Councils’ Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S). The call will be open in Je-S from Thursday 28 September 2017.

The call deadline is 16:00 GMT (11:00 am COT) on Thursday 30 November 2017 The call will close in the J-eS system at 16:00 and it will no longer be possible to submit an application after this time.

On the Colombian side, applicants should apply via Colciencias’ call webpage.

Online networking database

RCUK and Colciencias will be publishing information about potential applicants in an online networking database, on their respective call webpages.  The database aims to put UK and Colombian applicants in touch with applicants in the other country, to encourage new collaborations. If you are interested in finding a partner for this call please send an email to RCUKNewtonFundenquiries@rcuk.ac.uk and provide the following information:

  • Full name including title
  • Institution
  • Country
  • Short description of research interests
  • Short description of collaboration being sought for this call
  • Short biography/link to webpage
  • Contact email

This is not compulsory. You only need to send in this information if you are seeking a partner for this call. Please note that this information will be published on the call webpages and by submitting this information you are giving consent for this information to be published.

copy of the online Networking database (Excel, 39KB) is available.

Please note RCUK and Colciencias will not select a partner for you. It is up to applicants to find a partner using the information provided in the database. 

Key dates

  • Call opens in Je-S system- Thursday 28 September 2017
  • Closing date for full stage proposals - 16:00 GMT (11:00am COT) Thursday 30 November 2017
  • RCUK (now UK Research and Innovation) and Colciencias Joint Panel Meeting - Week commencing 9 April 2018
  • Decisions announced – By April 2018
  • Grants commence – By 14 May 2018

Call documents


If you have any questions or would like further information about the call, please contact:

RCUK: RCUKNewtonFundenquiries@rcuk.ac.uk
Colciencias: contacto@colciencias.gov.co

Enquiries relating to technical aspects of the Je-S form should be addressed to:

Je-S Helpdesk
Email: JeSHelp@je-s.ukri.org
Telephone: +44 (0)1793 444164