University of Sheffield (UoS) : University of Ghana (UoG) pump-priming awards - R1
****Overview****

The University of Sheffield and University of Ghana recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a view to developing a portfolio of collaborative research. These awards are intended to initiate collaborations between research groups at the two universities with a view to building further on these in the future. Eligible costs/activities include workshops, network building, symposia, sandpits, travel, accommodation, subsistence and visa costs linked to these.

Applications must be developed in partnership between staff at the two Universities but all applications must be submitted by a Sheffield Principal Investigator.

Please complete this form to apply for an award.

****How to use this form****

- A google document version of this form is available at the URL below but please note this is for drafting purposes only.
- You can exit this google form at any point and recommence your application BUT MUST PRESS SUBMIT ON THE FINAL PAGE EACH TIME BEFORE DOING SO.
- A number of fields are mandatory. In order to save your initial draft (by pressing the SUBMIT button on the final page), you may therefore need to enter some dummy text/dates into these fields.
- You will be able to make repeated edits until 4pm GMT on the respective deadline date (see below). Your last submission prior to this date/time will constitute your application.
- Individuals may submit only one application as PI per round.
- Applicants will receive an automatic email with details of their application each time they submit.
- Applications can be made off-campus but applicants must be a member of University staff who would ordinarily be eligible to apply as a PI on Research Council standard research grants (see scheme specific guidance below).
- ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE MADE BY SUBMITTING THIS GOOGLE FORM. ALL OTHER SUBMISSIONS WILL BE INELIGIBLE.

LINK TO APPLICATION DETAILS FOR DRAFTING PURPOSES:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DQ__4A8tZL6WjQGJOpl0n_QV_1H7dW4FHelyD0s39bQ/edit?usp=sharing

****Deadline****

- Monday 8 September 2019 at 4pm (GMT)

****Information required in the form****

- Applicant details
- Project details
- Project partners
- Project description
- Anticipated project start/end date
- Project partner details
- ODA compliance including outputs and impacts
- Legacy
- Outline of plans for obtaining external funding
- Breakdown of costs

****Scheme specific guidance****

- A requirement of this funding is that all projects must be ODA-compliant meaning that that they must address an evidenced development need in Ghana and/or the wider West African region. Any benefits to non-DAC list partners, such as the UK, can only be secondary.
- Individuals may submit only one application as PI per round.
- UoS PIs must hold one of the following positions at the University of Sheffield: (i) hold a permanent post (ii) be a fixed term employee whose contract extends to or beyond the duration of the proposed research project (iii) hold an Honorary or Emeritus position.
- The purpose of this grant is to provide awards to support the development of partnerships between University of Sheffield and University of Ghana researchers by funding travel, networking, meetings and research projects that will lead to further applications to external funding.
- Individual awards are for a maximum of £7,000.
- PROJECT SPEND MUST BE COMPLETE BY 31 JULY 2020.
- Applicants must have completed a University costing and provide a project number prior to submission. Costing status must be at COSTING APPROVED by the relevant deadline for applications. Any applications without approved costs will be deemed ineligible for assessment.
- In completing your costing please ensure you choose Funder = Research England and Programme = QR GCRF - University of Ghana Pump Priming Awards Round 2
- Research Services will undertake due diligence on any partners other than University of Ghana. This will be done at the point of making an award. Applicants need not advise us regarding prospective partners other than via this form.

****Assessment Criteria*****

- Quality of research: How innovative and well-planned is the research component of the proposal? Are interdisciplinary approaches appropriately included? How far will the planned activities advance it to a stage where it could realistically be externally funded?
- Strength & potential of partnerships: How strong are the existing connections between the partners involved in this application - in particular the relevant research groups at the University of Sheffield and the University of Ghana? How far will the planned activities strengthen them, and how useful will they be in developing future bids?
- In-country need & potential for impact: How well have the applicants demonstrated that the challenge which the research addresses is a priority for Ghana and/or other DAC-list countries, and how much impact will the research have on this if funded?
- Fit with strategic priorities (internal + external) - How well does the research align with UN-SDGs/GCRF priority challenge areas faced by Ghana and/or other DAC-list countries, and how well does it fit with the strategic priorities of the relevant University/faculty/department/research clusters?
- Plans for external funding - How ambitious and realistic do the stated plans for external funding seem? How appropriate are these sources of funding for ODA-compliant research?
- Value for money of proposed activities - Are the resources asked for realistic in terms of the work proposed and the duration of the project? Does the project represent a good use of this money?

****Eligible costs****
- Directly Incurred (DI) staff costs e.g. PDRA, administrative support.
- DI staff costs in any organisation and any country (whether DAC-list or not) are eligible but these will need to be justified in the relevant section to demonstrate how they are ODA-compliant.
- Travel, accommodation and subsistence
- Partner hosting within UK
- Visa costs
- Events
- Other costs focused on collaboration / network building
- Subcontractors' VAT and/or other in-country taxes
- IMPORTANT: WHILE THE ABOVE CONSTITUTE THE ELIGIBLE COSTS PLEASE ALSO INCLUDE DETAILS OF DIRECTLY ALLOCATED (DA) STAFF ON THE COSTING TOOL (e.g. PI, CI and other DA time spend delivering the activity).

**Assessment**

- Applications will be submitted (via submission of the Google form) to Research Services at the University of Sheffield. Thereafter applications will be shared with Research Office at University of Ghana.
- Funding decisions will be made by the University of Sheffield’s GCRF Strategy Coordination Group but in consultation with University of Ghana.
- Funding decisions will be made with reference to the assessment criteria above.

Please contact Sarah Beedham (s.beedham@sheffield.ac.uk; +44 114 2227448) in the first instance if you have any queries on this form or on the scheme itself.
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