The BERC skill school is kindly supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), through the Global Challenges Research Fund Strategic Training Award for Research Skills (GCRF-STARS), received by Dr. Tuck Seng Wong (University of Sheffield).
The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a 5-year £1.5 billion resource funding stream, announced as part of the 2015 spending review, to ensure that UK research takes a leading role in addressing the problems faced by developing countries. The GCRF will deploy the UK’s world-class research capability to tackle global challenges. The funding is protected science spend and the research councils are primary delivery partners. The GCRF is also part of the UK government’s pledge to allocate 0.7% of Gross National Income to Official Development Assistance, promoting the welfare and economic development of developing countries. With the GCRF focus on global challenges, research investments are expected to span disciplines including the biological sciences, environmental sciences, medicine and the social sciences.
Specifically, the GCRF-STARS aims to build a portfolio of sustainable and timely training resources to up-skill and develop researchers, graduate students and DAC citizens, in research priority areas, in the UK and developing countries with the research skills required to help tackle global challenges.