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Research Week: The changes & challenges facing the UK & International Fundi...
Wed 19 April 2017, 11:30 – 13:00 BST
***Please note that Research Week is an Internal event for Univeristy of Stirling staff only***
Hear from Dr Conor Snowden & Dr Jennie Dodson on the changing UK & International Funding Landscapes and the associated challenges. Both speakers provide opportunity for researchers to hear up to date information that supports their research funding activities and provides the chance to discuss and ask questions.
There have been major changes in the UK and global landscape for research for development over the past two years. Within the UK, the Global Challenges Research Fund, the Ross Fund and the DFID Research Review all herald new research opportunities. Agreements on climate change, the Global Goals, and Disaster Risk Reduction provide wider drivers for research and innovation in the global landscape. This presentation will draw on recent UKCDS (UK Collaborative on Development Sciences) work and our role working across the UK funders to highlight key trends in international development, changes in the funding landscape and key considerations for development research projects.
The second half will be delivered by Dr Conor Snowden, Science Adviser (International Development and Research Partnerships at the British Council, which will focus on the increasing role of Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding for UK researchers. It will outline what makes research and capacity building eligible for ODA funding and how this is interpreted by the British Council. It will then outline current funding available through the British Council under the Newton Fund and also introduce the Global Challenges Research Fund being lead by the UK Research Councils.
Dr Jennie Dodson is a Research and Policy Officer at the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS), responsible for providing advice to funders and key stakeholders around research for development. Current work includes sharing best practice in building equitable partnerships and interdisciplinary research and supporting stakeholder groups around disasters and energy research. Her background includes a PhD in chemistry from the University of York and postdoctoral research in the UK and Brazil on bioenergy, resource scarcity and bio-based innovation systems. She was a Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology fellow, FutureEarth fellow and is an experienced facilitator.
Conor started work with British Council as science adviser for Scotland and has worked overseas as Deputy Country Director in Tanzania and Country Director for Croatia and Slovenia. He previously worked in the Scottish Parliament for an MSP and has also been a city councillor in Edinburgh. His current role involves advising our global network of offices on UK science policy and opportunities for partnership. He leads on sub-saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Europe and central Asian countries. He also leads on ODA assessment for the Newton Fund.