This scheme is now closed for applications - we expect successful awards to be announced in March 2020. The next round is due to open in October 2020. 

The Frontiers Follow-On Funding scheme aims to build on, and scale up, successes from the UK National Academies’ early- and mid-career research programmes funded by the GCRF. The scheme aims to support collaborative research that tackles international development challenges and enables previously seeded projects to be developed into fully functioning collaborative research projects.

The Frontiers Follow-On Funding scheme provides: 

The next step for activities seeded by the UK national Academies Joint GCRF programmes. Support for early- and mid-career researchers who want to forge a career that strives to achieve the global goals. Development of a community of interdisciplinary thinkers at the frontiers of research for global development.

This programme is aimed at early- and mid-career researchers who have been a named as the principal investigator or collaborator on one of the following schemes:

  • Frontiers of Engineering for Development, and Frontiers of Development seed funding (Royal Academy of Engineering)
  • Engineering for Development Research Fellowships (Royal Academy of Engineering)
  • FLAIR Fellowships (Royal Society)
  • Challenge-led Grants (Royal Society)
  • Cities and Infrastructure Programme (British Academy)
  • Networking Grants (Academy of Medical Sciences)

The allocated funding is a mid-sized award that bridges the gap between seed funding and larger scale grants, allowing awardees to take forward a collaborative project that tackles a global challenge. In the first round, only researchers based at a UK institution can lead the project (the Academy aims to open this to international leads in the future). All projects must have at least two collaborators who were a part of the original project.

This scheme provides:

  • £100,000 to £300,000 (at a maximum of £100,000 per year) for between one to three years to cover direct costs related to an interdisciplinary, collaborative project that builds on the previously funded project and tackles a developing country challenge.
  • Mentorship from an Academy Fellow.

The guidance for the 2019/2020 round is linked here - please note that eligibility and allowable costs are subject to change for future rounds: 

Frontiers Follow-On Grants guidance for applicants (282.97 KB)