The Global Innovation Initiative (GII) is a shared commitment of the United Kingdom and the United States to support multilateral research collaboration between universities in the UK, US and designated countries. GII will fund grants to university consortia focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related issues of global significance. The initiative is funded by the British Council, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the US Department of State.
Researchers responding to this Expression of Interest should be able to review one or more of the following thematic areas:
Energy, environment and climate change: Proposals in this category will address issues related to preserving the environment, mitigating and preventing the effects of climate change, and changing the way energy is produced and used through alternative sources.
Urban development: Proposals in this category will address issues connected with rapid global urbanisation and solutions to the challenges of human population density including economic, social, and environmental effects. Proposals can address, but are not limited to, topics related to infrastructure, smart cities, and green and sustainable buildings.
Agriculture, food security and water: Proposals in this category will address issues related to innovative farming and cultivation techniques and practices, the ongoing access to and stable availability of sufficient and nutritious food, the availability of potable water, and water pollution.
Global health: Proposals in this category will address significant issues impacting human health in the global context, with an emphasis on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. Proposals will investigate innovative solutions which prevent disease, promote healthy and fulfilling lives, and reduce global health disparities. Proposals which address either antimicrobial resistance or aging populations in a global health context are also encouraged.
Reviewers will be required to assess, score and rank proposals submitted to the initiative based on independent assessment against set criteria. The outcome of the assessment, decided by multiple panels of reviewer, will inform the final decision on selection. There will be multiple panels in each thematic panel, and each panel will consist of at least 3 researchers. Panel membership will be renewable annually. Panellists are eligible to apply for a GII grant whilst they are active panel members. A Conflict of Interest form will be required from each panellist and members will not review proposals from their own institution.
Each panel will meet once a year via a one to two hour webinar to assess the proposals in each thematic area. The webinars will be held in the afternoon (UK time) during the month of December/January (exclusive of the winter holidays). An honorarium of £160 will be given to each reviewer for participating in this process.