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Frontiers of Development Seed funding is available to the participants of the Frontiers of Development symposium and supports interdisciplinary pilot research. It aims to facilitate national or international interdisciplinary collaborations between attendees of the symposium that address global challenges.

This funding comes under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and is part of the UK government's Official Development Assistance (ODA). As such, collaborations supported by this programme must meet ODA requirements. Please see the guidance notes below for further information. 



Note: please be aware that due to time restrictions, RAEng staff will not be able to help you find lead awardees beyond providing you with the relevant lists and databases.

  • This funding is to promote a new collaboration between Frontiers of Development symposium participants. The activities can involve non-conference participants, but at least two primary applicants must have attended the most recent Frontiers of Development symposium
  • The project must comply with the ODA requirements and must be interdisciplinary
  • Pre-existing collaborations are NOT eligible


Lead Applicant Person Specification

  • The lead applicant must be hosted by a UK university. They may have attended the Frontiers of Development symposium in March 2019 OR a previous Frontiers of Development symposium
  • They must be employed by a UK university
  • They should be at an early or mid-career stage, usually 0-20 years post-doc. In most cases, they will not yet have reached Professorship. Consideration will be given to those who have taken a non-standard career path or career break
  • More established researchers can be involved in the project but will often take an advisory position. Therefore, we expect the lead applicant to be the researcher who will undertake a majority of the project work