To achieve this end, three GCRF awareness-raising briefings were held in the school and faculty were encouraged to align some of their research ideas around this potentially lucrative and long-term funding scheme. Several members of staff subsequently joined the GCRF collaborative network in the university and some also joined the Digital Technologies, Data and Innovation (DDI) theme of Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID) to further engage with at least one theme relevant to the school and to GCRF – ICTs for Development (ICT4D).
As a result of these initiatives, the school can now claim some success in the last two rounds of GCRF QR (Quality Research) pump-priming awards, having won 4 out of 5 submitted proposals and having been actively involved in other GCRF QR funding calls such as the announcement for the recent post-doctoral fellowships. More capacity-building work is planned for the school around these initial activities and work is being done to further support larger grant bids around the themes relevant to GCRF.
The school envisages becoming a leader in the university in research around Information and Development and in being able to promote this globally through the iSchool networks and publication outlets.
The list of successful GCRF QR pump-priming awards are:
● Support network for informal caregivers of people living with HIV in Malawi, Sbaffi/Zamani
● Understanding indigenous and exogenous knowledge interaction, Mazumdar/Jimenez
● Developing human capacity through open scholarship in Rwanda, Abbott/Cox
● Place-making for sustainable development: Learning from Xochimilco, Mexico, Cox/Martins