The British Council Researcher Links Climate Challenge Funding call has been launched in the lead up to the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow November 2021. ©

Mat Wright

17 November 2020

This month the British Council launched the Researcher Links Climate Challenge (RLCC) Workshop Grants for researchers to host interdisciplinary virtual workshops addressing climate change.

The aim is to harness the power of people all over the world – particularly young people and those most vulnerable to the effects of climate change – to connect and collaborate through culture and education to combat climate change.  

Researcher Links Climate Challenge workshop grants of up to £49,700 are available to support researchers to find innovative solutions to development challenges caused by climate change.

Leading/established researchers in the UK in collaboration with a partner in Brazil, Pakistan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt or South Africa can apply for workshop funding to support the design and delivery of an online Researcher Links Climate Challenge Workshop.

Participating researchers will have the opportunity to submit joint proposals to unlock further funding in form of individual challenge prizes which can be used to implement research ideas and generate development-related impact after the workshop.

This call is part of an ambitious programme supporting connection and collaboration on solutions to climate change, ahead of and beyond the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow in November 2021.

Dr Stephanie Renforth, Senior Consultant in Science at the British Council who is leading on this initiative said: 'Researcher Links Climate Challenge grants are a great opportunity to bring together early career researchers from the UK and partner countries who want to work on climate-related development challenges, develop their skills and networks. We're delighted that we can offer this funding opportunity in the lead up to COP26, and we welcome workshop proposals from all disciplines.'

As well as the RLCC call, British Council Arts has recently launched an open call for creative commissions that bring together art, science and digital technology and offer innovative responses to climate change, with grants of up to £50,0000 available.

The RLCC call is open until Friday 27 November. For full details, visit the RLCC funding call opportunity page.