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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 23

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-DAR23

Start Date:

2018-04-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£7,619,619


British Council - Philippines - Newton Fund

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

The Newton Fund uses science and innovation partnerships to promote economic development and social welfare of partner countries.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-13-NEWT-BC-Philippines

Start Date:

2015-01-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£6,175,001.01


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 - 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 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 - 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


Dengue Mosquito Simulation from Satellites (D-MOSS)

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

Dengue is the fastest-growing mosquito-borne viral infection in the world today. It is present in over 150 countries, and approximately 40 percent of the world’s population now live in countries where dengueis a daily risk. The D-MOSS project is developing a dengue fever early warning system that generates several months advance warning of likely dengue outbreaks utilising Earth Observation (EO). An advance warning on dengue risk, could help public health officials plan cost-effective actions in advance and move away from a reactive system where disease control interventions occur after a dengue outbreak occurs. One of the key D-MOSS components is a water assessment module that provides the additional benefit of improving water management in transboundary river basins. Seven of the nine major river basins that drain to Vietnam are transboundary in nature and it is estimated that some two-thirds of Vietnam’s water resources comes from neighbouring countries, making water management challenging. In recent years countries upstream of Vietnam have increased their water use and Vietnam is currently facing increasingly negative impacts from the water policies of upstream countries. The development of an EO‑based water availability system will help the Vietnamese Government to improve their water resources monitoring and management in transboundary river basins. The dengue fever and water management challenges are similar in other countries in South Asia and as of June 2019, the project has been extended to cover Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and The Philippines.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-13-GCRF-UKSA_VN_UKSA-21

Start Date:

2018-02-19

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£4,785,799.89


Royal Academy of Engineering Coherence & Impact - Frontiers Follow-on Funding

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

These mid-sized grants build on previously funded projects, helping them to scale up previous activities into fully formed research projects that tackle global challenges. COVID-19

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-13-GCRF-CImFFF

Start Date:

2020-10-27

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£3,297,764


PhD Scholarships 2017

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

The programme aims to develop individual capacity of scholars through PhD placements in areas relevant to development challenges. Students spend 3-6 months at a partner institution. The PhD placements awarded focus on research areas which have been identified at the country level as important for working towards development priorities.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-13-NEWT-BC_PHL_394

Start Date:

2017-10-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£299,371.59


PhD Scholarships 2019

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

The programme aims to develop individual capacity of scholars through PhD placements in areas relevant to development challenges. Students spend 3-6 months at a partner institution. The PhD placements awarded focus on research areas which have been identified at the country level as important for working towards development priorities.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-13-NEWT-BC_PHL_404

Start Date:

2019-07-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£467,593.28


Researcher Links June 2019

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

Grants for workshops in priority research areas defined at a country level, which allow UK and partner country researchers to share their research and establish relationships for longer term collaboration, and have a focus on capacity building and establishing potential collaborations

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-13-NEWT-BC_PHL_403

Start Date:

2020-01-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£126,450


Institutional Links June 2019

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

Grants provide seed-funding to initiate new/develop existing research and innovation partnerships between groups/departments/institutions in partner countries and the UK. Grants are flexible and responsive to in-country needs, allowing partners to establish collaborations on areas linked to country priorities and development needs, and to include relevant non-academic partners (including SMEs/ NGOs).

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-13-NEWT-BC_PHL_402

Start Date:

2020-01-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£149,971


Leaders in Innovation Fellowships Programme v2, 3, 6, 7 2015-21

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

The Leaders in Innovation Fellowships programme builds technology entrepreneurship capacity of select partner country researchers who are developing a business proposition for their innovation which must meet a development challenge. Selected researchers benefit from focussed short term training and long term support through access to expert mentors and international networks.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-13-NEWT-RAE_PHL_754

Start Date:

2015-03-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£566,874.95


Philipines - Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership S E Asia (WCSSP) - Met Office

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

Strengthened partnership between meteorological services in UK, Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia to produce scoping study identifying Philippines/ S-E Asian region weather forecasting and climate research priorities. This includes training needs analysis for future capacity building work and initial survey of severe weather and DRR services.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-13-NEWT-MO_PHL_493

Start Date:

2016-04-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£2,345,121.13


Mental health and HIV among call centre employees in the Philippines: Co-producing a workplace intervention using a systems approach.

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

Call centres are a fast-growing industry in the Philippines. Although well-paid, call centre employees have little control over their work, must deal regularly with angry clients, and must meet high demands under time pressure. These stressful conditions can lead to mental ill-health which can affect their performance at work as well as whether they take risks with their health, and whether they have positive social relationships. Poor mental health can also affect how well the organisation performs; it can lead to lower productivity, increased sickness absence and higher staff turnover rates. At the same time, the Philippines has the fastest growing HIV epidemic in the world and call centre employees are believed to be at risk due to high levels of unprotected sexual activity. High-stress and high disposable income in this young workforce, combined with a relatively high proportion of men who have sex with men (MSM), are also thought to contribute to increased HIV risk. Stigma and discrimination around sexual identity, behaviour and HIV status are both contributors to poor mental ill health. Previous research has shown that poor mental health and HIV risk often exist together and each makes the other worse, particularly where people also experience things like stigma and discrimination. For this reason, researchers have urged that the two health issues should be tacked together. There are lots of effective ways to address mental health and reduce HIV in workplace settings but little work has been done to bring these together, and little has been done to address issues specific to call centres in LMIC. The aim of this project is to understand how the workplace setting (or system) shapes both mental health and HIV risk. We will work with call centre employees and their managers to understand their priorities and identify aspects of the workplace that they think could provide potential solutions. Having agreed on these solutions we will try them out in the workplace and ask managers and employers for their views on how well they address the issues, how easy they are to implement and whether they represent value for money. The solutions will need to consider the physical environment, working culture and wider social influences to ensure it is acceptable, and easy to deliver in the long-term. The project will involve workshops with employees and managers, as well as interviews with employees and outside experts. Our aim will be to come up with a final design that call centres and stakeholders in industry and government think would be worth evaluating on a wider scale. We will also share lessons with other researchers on methods for designing interventions in corporate settings.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-13-FUND--GCRF-MR_V004093_1

Start Date:

2021-03-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£0


Implementing genomic surveillance to support SARS-CoV-2 control and mitigation strategies in the Philippines

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

As scientists and public health practitioners battle to understand and control the COVID-19 pandemic, the application of genomic surveillance i.e. tracking changes in the virus' genetic footprint, has become an invaluable tool. Genome sequences provide unique insights into how the virus is evolving and spreading and how it can be more effectively controlled. This information enhances traditional surveillance methods like contact tracing to resolve transmission scenarios e.g. providing evidence to determine the most likely route of transmission if an infected hospital worker has had multiple patient and community contacts, guiding improved infection control. It simultaneously provides a means to monitor the impact of control efforts, such as lockdown, by tracking the local extinction or re-introduction of virus lineages. We propose to build genomic surveillance and response capacity in the Philippines, where it can inform infection control at local and regional scales, e.g within healthcare settings and between different islands or provinces. We will deploy the latest sequencing and analytical technologies to characterize virus circulation from archived samples and enable rapid interpretation of genomic data from new case investigations to directly inform responses. This approach will provide crucial and transferrable insights into SARS-CoV-2 dynamics across the island archipelago and globally. Moreover, this project will build surveillance and response capacity against future viral threats and for the control and elimination of diseases that continue to pose a major burden.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-13-FUND--GCRF-MR_V035444_1

Start Date:

2020-11-10

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£607,634.90


SCaRP: Simulating Cascading Rainfall-triggered landslide hazards in the Philippines

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

The Philippines is on the eastern edge of the Maritime Continent, the archipelago of tropical islands that sits between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. High solar input warms the surrounding seas, which supply an abundance of moisture to the atmosphere, turning the whole region into an atmospheric ""boiler box"". The whole Maritime Continent receives very high rainfall totals throughout the year but due to its location on the eastern edge of the Maritime Continent, the Philippines are also in the firing line of tropical cyclones (also known as typhoons or hurricanes) that form in the Pacific Ocean. Strong tropical cyclones can reach up more than 150 mph and deliver more than 450 mm rainfall in just a a few hours. These extreme rainfall events, combined with the steep, mountainous terrain over the Philippines can produce catastrophic landsliding and related sedimentation in rivers with major societal and economic impacts. The Philippines accounts for half of fatal rainfall triggered landslides in SE Asia despite making up only 6% of the land area. In 2004, a series of typhoons hit Quezon and Aurora Provinces on the east coast of the island of Luzon in the northern Philippines causing landslides and floods that left 1,062 dead, 1,161 injured and 552 missing, displaced almost 7 million people and caused massive economic damage and prolonged human costs. Under climate change, the frequency and intensity of typhoons can be expected to increase with implications for landslide hazards and sedimentation problems in rivers. The simulation of landslides resulting from typhoons is a complex problem as landslides are also dependent on weather conditions leading up to the extreme rainfall event that influence the stability of the layer of soil covering hillslopes. If soils are already wet leading up to an extreme rainfall event, landslides are more likely. It is therefore necessary to understand the meteorological patterns operating over the Philippines and how these influence patterns of landslides in typhoons. Another major factor that may limit landslide occurrence and size is the depth of the soil layer. A critical soil depth is needed for a landslide to occur and the size of the landslide will be limited by the depth of the soil. Once a landslide has occurred, it takes time for the soil layer to regenerate, with implications for future landslide hazard in the same area. Whilst landslide scars on hillslopes are exposed landslides may continue to deliver sediment to the downstream river system. Hence sedimentation problems in rivers downstream of landslides may persist for a period of years after the landslide event. The SCaRP project combines the research strengths of the UK and the Philippines and brings together experts in geomorphology, meteorology and hydraulic engineering to effectively and efficiently address the need for better understanding of the impact of hydrometeorological hazards and support increased preparedness and resilience to future events. First, the characteristics of past extreme rainfall-triggered landslide events and their meteorological and geological controls over the Philippines will be determined, using a combination of in situ station data from the Philippines and global data sets from satellites to map landslides and determine rainfall patterns. Second, a number of events will be used to develop and test models for simulation of landslides and downstream sedimentation. Once the model has been tuned, it will be used to predict landslide events and river sedimentation in the future using climate projections for the region. In conjunction with our Filipino project partners, PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration), (MGB) Mines and Geosciences Bureau and Weather Philippines Foundation (WPF), we will develop a landslide early warning system for the Philippines using our modeling framework, ensuring a legacy from the SCaRP project.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-13-FUND--Newton-NE_S003371_2

Start Date:

2019-11-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£311,763.32


The Evidence Fund - 300708

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

The Evidence Fund - a demand responsive programme designed to procure and manage country and country-specific research and evaluations that will inform policy and programming decisions. The programme will strengthen the evidence base and apply lessons across a broad range of operationally relevant themes across international development priorities, working closely with customers in country offices, policy and strategy teams to achieve x-HMG objectives.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-1-300708

Start Date:

2020-07-30

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£15,266,350


Contribution to MDRPH041 Philippines Typhoon Goni Emergency Appeal

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

To deliver assistance to the Philippines and support the immediate and early recovery needs of 80,000 people for 12 months, with a focus on the following areas of focus and strategies of implementation shelter, livelihoods and basic needs, health, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion (WASH), disaster risk reduction, community engagement and accountability (CEA) as well as protection, gender and inclusion.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-1-301286

Start Date:

2020-11-25

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£1,750,000




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