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Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund Round 5

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

Illegal wildlife trade (IWT) is the fifth most lucrative transnational crime, worth up to £17bn a year globally. As well as threatening species with extinction, IWT destroys vital ecosystems. IWT also fosters corruption, feeds insecurity, and undermines good governance and the rule of law. The UK government is committed to tackling illegal trade of wildlife products. Defra manages the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund, which is a competitive grants scheme with the objective of tackling illegal wildlife trade and, in doing so, contributing to sustainable development in developing countries. Projects funded under the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund address one, or more, of the following themes: • Developing sustainable livelihoods to benefit people directly affected by IWT • Strengthening law enforcement • Ensuring effective legal frameworks • Reducing demand for IWT products Over £23 million has been committed to 75 projects since the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund was established in 2013; five projects were awarded in 2014 (via applications to the Darwin Initiative), fourteen in 2015, fifteen in 2016, thirteen in 2017, fourteen in 2018 and in the latest round in 2019. This round of funding includes the following projects (details of which can be found at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/811381/iwt-project-list-2019.pdf)): IWT062, IWT063, IWT064, IWT065, IWT066, IWT067, IWT068, IWT069, IWT070, IWT071, IWT072, IWT073, IWT074, IWT075.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-7-IWTCF-R5

Start Date:

2019-04-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£4,588,554


Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund Round 3

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

Illegal wildlife trade (IWT) is the fifth most lucrative transnational crime, worth up to £17bn a year globally. As well as threatening species with extinction, IWT destroys vital ecosystems. IWT also fosters corruption, feeds insecurity, and undermines good governance and the rule of law. The UK government is committed to tackling illegal trade of wildlife products. Defra manages the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund, which is a competitive grants scheme with the objective of tackling illegal wildlife trade and, in doing so, contributing to sustainable development in developing countries. Projects funded under the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund address one, or more, of the following themes: • Developing sustainable livelihoods to benefit people directly affected by IWT • Strengthening law enforcement • Ensuring effective legal frameworks • Reducing demand for IWT products Over £23 million has been committed to 75 projects since the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund was established in 2013; five projects were awarded in 2014 (via applications to the Darwin Initiative), fourteen in 2015, fifteen in 2016, thirteen in 2017, fourteen in 2018 and in the latest round in 2019. This round of funding includes the following projects (details of which can be found at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/811381/iwt-project-list-2019.pdf). The projects that a relevant for this area are IWT035 to IWT047.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-7-IWTCF-R3

Start Date:

2017-04-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£4,123,118


Darwin Initiative Round 26

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

The Darwin Initiative is a UK government grants scheme that helps to protect biodiversity and the natural environment through locally based projects worldwide. The initiative funds projects that help countries rich in biodiversity but poor in financial resources to meet their objectives under one or more of the biodiversity conventions. The objective is to to address threats to biodiversity such as: - habitat loss or degradation - climate change - invasive species - over-exploitation - pollution and eutrophication

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-7-DAR26

Start Date:

2020-04-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£5,607,898


Darwin Initiative Round 24

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

The Darwin Initiative is a UK government grants scheme that helps to protect biodiversity and the natural environment through locally based projects worldwide. The initiative funds projects that help countries rich in biodiversity but poor in financial resources to meet their objectives under one or more of the biodiversity conventions. The objective is to to address threats to biodiversity such as: - habitat loss or degradation - climate change - invasive species - over-exploitation - pollution and eutrophication

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-7-DAR24

Start Date:

2018-04-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£10,604,188


Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund Round 4

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

Illegal wildlife trade (IWT) is the fifth most lucrative transnational crime, worth up to £17bn a year globally. As well as threatening species with extinction, IWT destroys vital ecosystems. IWT also fosters corruption, feeds insecurity, and undermines good governance and the rule of law. The UK government is committed to tackling illegal trade of wildlife products. Defra manages the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund, which is a competitive grants scheme with the objective of tackling illegal wildlife trade and, in doing so, contributing to sustainable development in developing countries. Projects funded under the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund address one, or more, of the following themes: • Developing sustainable livelihoods to benefit people directly affected by IWT • Strengthening law enforcement • Ensuring effective legal frameworks • Reducing demand for IWT products Over £23 million has been committed to 75 projects since the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund was established in 2013; five projects were awarded in 2014 (via applications to the Darwin Initiative), fourteen in 2015, fifteen in 2016, thirteen in 2017, fourteen in 2018 and in the latest round in 2019. This round of funding includes the following projects (details of which can be found at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/811381/iwt-project-list-2019.pdf): IWT048, IWT049, IWT050, IWT051, IWT052, IWT053, IWT054, IWT055, IWT056, IWT057, IWT058, IWT059, IWT0760, IWT061.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-7-IWTCF-R4

Start Date:

2018-07-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£4,505,210


Fleming Fund – Country and Regional Grants and Fellowships Programme

UK - Department of Health (DH)

The Fleming Fund helps low- and middle-income countries to fight antimicrobial resistance. A management agent has been appointed to deliver: country grants 24 low- and middle-income countries, regional grants in West Africa, East and Southern Africa, South Asia and South East Asia, and a global fellowships programme. These initiatives aim to improve laboratory capacity and diagnosis as well as data and surveillance of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-10-FF_MA

Start Date:

2016-10-10

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£258,497,532.75


British Academy Coherence & Impact - Youth Futures

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

The projects funded under this programme support research which brings a much-needed youth-led perspective on the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. They involve genuine interdisciplinarity, collaborative work that extends beyond the standard research model, and policy thinking based on close understanding of, and working with, young people at various stages of ‘getting by’.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-13-GCRF-CImYF

Start Date:

2020-01-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£5,760,000


Royal Academy of Engineering Core - Frontiers of Engineering for Development

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Frontiers of Engineering for Development is a series of interdisciplinary symposia that facilitates national and international collaboration to tackle global development challenges. The event brings together a select group of around 60 emerging UK and global engineering and international development leaders from industry and academia to discuss pioneering technical work and cutting-edge research for international development from a diversity of engineering fields. Seed funding is available to progress some of the best ideas coming out of the event. COVID-19

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-13-RAENG-GCRF-07

Start Date:

2016-12-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£2,028,324.76


British Academy Coherence & Impact - Challenge-led grants: Early Childhood Education

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

The projects funded under this programme aim to provide critical knowledge to inform policy-making in the education and broader learning domain, while recognising the necessary interplay of education with health, nutrition, gender equality and other disciplines and sectors.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-13-GCRF-CImChlGECE

Start Date:

2019-10-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£4,321,513


Royal Academy of Engineering Core - Engineering for Development Research Fellowships

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

The Royal Academy of Engineering offers Research Fellowships each year to outstanding early-career researchers to support them to become future research leaders in engineering.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-13-RAENG-GCRF-06

Start Date:

2016-08-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£3,292,741.18


Royal Academy of Engineering Academies Collective Fund: Resilient Futures - Frontiers of Development

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Frontiers of Development is part of the Joint Resilient Futures Initiative which is a collaboration between all four UK Academies under the GCRF. The aim of the JRF initiative is to construct a pipeline in the UK and the developing world for interdisciplinary researchers focused on tackling development challenges in a sustainable manner.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-13-RAENG-GCRF-08

Start Date:

2017-10-24

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£1,412,850.85


Royal Academy of Engineering Core - Higher Education Partnerships in Sub-Saharan Africa

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

The Higher Education Partnerships in sub-Saharan Africa Programme (HEP SSA) – supported by the Anglo American Group Foundation and the UK Government through the Global Challenges Research Fund – was established by the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2016, following the successful pilot scheme, Enriching Engineering Education Programme. COVID-19

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-13-RAENG-GCRF-05

Start Date:

2016-07-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£78,852.39


Royal Academy of Engineering Core - Engineering a Better World

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Engineering a Better World is a unique programme focused on achieving sustainable development, through innovative, collaborative, challenge-led engineering. COVID-19

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-13-RAENG-GCRF-04

Start Date:

2019-09-16

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£1,338,436


Pest Risk Information Service (PRISE)

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

An estimated 40% of the world’s crops are lost to pests (including insects, mites and plant pathogens), impacting on the ability of smallholder farmers to feed their families and also affecting international trade and food supply chains. By alerting them to the potential presence of pests, this project aims to enable farmers to manage outbreaks more effectively using Integrated Pest Management methods. These techniques have many advantages, such as the reduction of the use of inappropriate pesticides that lead to human and environmental benefits as well as reducing spend on unnecessary spraying.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-13-GCRF-UKSA_NS_UKSA-031

Start Date:

2016-10-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£6,390,198.57


KC Jambo, Malawi College of Medicine - Defining changes in nasal immunity that favour propensity for pneumococcal colonisation in HIV-infected adults

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

The bacterium, Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus), is the major cause of pneumonia-related deaths worldwide. The pneumococcus resides in the nose and at the back of the throat, where it does not normally cause disease, but when conditions change it causes life-threatening illness, such as pneumonia. The pneumococcus is transmitted from person to person via the respiratory route. In Europe and North America, immunisation of children with the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) has greatly reduced the burden of pneumococcal disease and prevalence of the pneumococcus in the community because children no longer infect adults. Similar impact has not been observed in low income countries, such as Malawi, because children continue to carry pneumococci even after vaccination. Instead, the prevalence of the pneumococcus among HIV-infected adults on antiretroviral therapy (ART) has remained high despite the introduction of PCV13 as routine childhood vaccine in Malawi in 2011. Persistence of pneumococcus among HIV-infected adults on ART threatens to reverse the potential public health benefits of PCV13 that have been reported from high income countries. HIV-infected adults on ART serve as a haven for pneumococcus and may promote transmission of the bacterium in the community. However, the factors that promote persistence of pneumococcus among HIV-infected adults on ART are still unknown. I propose to recruit 100 Malawian adults, of which half will be HIV-uninfected and the other half will be ART-naïve HIV-infected. I will collect samples from the nose from all study participants and follow them up for 12months. I will quantify the number of times an individual is found with the pneumococcus in their nose, and compare this between the study groups. I will also investigate differences in immune parameters in the nose between the study groups. This comparison will also focus on relating the changes in the immune parameters in the nose with the number of times an individual is found with the pneumococcus in their nose. This will generate information on some of the factors that make HIV-infected infected adults on ART more susceptible to the pneumococcus. Furthermore, I will grow cells obtained from the nose of HIV-infected and uninfected adults in laboratory to generate a deeper understanding of how they interact with pneumococcus. I anticipate that this research study will will improve current understanding of why the pneumococcus is persistently found among HIV-infected adults on ART. This work will allow choices in optimal therapy against HIV and optimal vaccination strategies against pneumococcus, that could significantly impact pneumococcal transmission and disease in high transmission settings.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-13-FUND--GCRF-MR_T008822_1

Start Date:

2020-01-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£0


Generation Malawi: A study of family, maternal and childhood mental health

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

A lack of research training, resources, infrastructure and data in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMIC) greatly limits their ability to conduct studies of common mental health conditions. Nowhere is this more true than in Africa generally and in Malawi specifically, where sparse mental health care alone limits not only clinical research capacity, but also the ability to attract inward investment. In a partnership between UK and Malawian institutions, we propose to directly address this challenge by building clinical research capacity through the coordinated appointment of new researchers and research assistants, a programme of education and dissemination, and the development of a population mental health dataset focussed on an area of great unmet need - the mental heath of mothers and their children. After a period of piloting our research assessments and obtaining the necessary approvals, we will recruit 5000 mothers prior to delivery of their child from antenatal clinics in Lilongwe and Karonga districts, selected to represent urban and rural populations respectively. We will assess the mental health of mothers before and after birth, and the mental health of their spouses and other family members with a view to identifying the major risk factors for mental health disorders and mitigating variables that promote resilience. We will then examine the impact of maternal and, where possible, paternal mental health on the neurodevelopment of their offspring. In addition to creating new and highly valuable data, we will also create the bioresources needed for future genetics and 'omics based research. We believe this is essential to prevent the current imbalance in genetic research favouring rich countries of predominantly European ancestries leading to greater entrenchment of global health inequalities. As part of the proposed work, we will develop internationally competitive research capacity and datasets in Malawi, augment standard of care treatment, develop research training and the availability of affordable and effective interventions for depression and other common mental disorders, such as the ""Friendship Bench"" intervention. Our research will be multidisciplinary, involving experts from psychiatry, clinical psychology, nursing, reproductive and child health, and social sciences in both UK and Malawi. Throughout the project, we will carefully monitor our progress and impact on the participants and their communities. The project, if funded, will lead to a step change in mental health research capacity in Malawi, paving the way for new inward investment and the development of evidence based interventions and policies.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-13-FUND--GCRF-MR_S035818_1

Start Date:

2019-08-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£3,736,689.23


Transparency and Accountability to improve economic development and service delivery(TRACTION)

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

To improve accountability responsiveness in the delivery of public goods (including business environment) and services at local and national levels. This will be achieved through changes in the way government does business such as improvements in oversight in use of public finances, improvements in how budgets are allocated to reflect needs and more politicians seeking to legitimise themselves based on the delivery of public goods - both at election time and between elections.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-1-300035

Start Date:

2018-05-22

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£14,135,219


Strengthening Malawi’s Education System

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

This programme aims to improve the quality of education service delivery in Malawi so more girls and boys successfully progress through and complete primary school with measureable improvements in learning outcomes. This will contribute towards the UK’s efforts to support human capital development so more Malawians have the foundations and skills to fulfil their potential and contribute towards national development.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-1-300075

Start Date:

2018-07-19

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£39,162,478


UK Aid Match II Fund

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

To support the achievement of the Global Goals through funding UK-based civil society organisations to deliver projects that assist in ending extreme poverty and building a better world by 2030. The programme will also provide opportunities for the UK public to engage in international development issues and have a say in how a portion of the aid budget is spent.

Project identifier:

GB-1-205210

Start Date:

2016-12-19

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£164,486,147


Malawi Trade and Investment Programme

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

This programme aims to shift Malawi towards higher economic growth that will translate into sustained poverty reduction, creating new jobs and income generating opportunities and much needed revenue to fund the public services needed for a fast-growing population. The programme will improve trade competitiveness and regional and international connectivity, growing exports and markets, Increase investment and access to finance to grow a competitive base of firms, particularly medium-sized, Develop markets in value chains to grow Malawi’s exports and diversify towards higher value sectors. Reform the business enabling environment, providing certainty and transparency to businesses that will unlock the potential of the private sector to develop a vibrant economy and create jobs.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-1-300934

Start Date:

2020-05-08

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£95,000,000




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