SHLC’s Capacity Development Acceleration Fund

The GCRF Centre for Sustainable Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC) is pleased to launch a new fund to strengthen the capacity of early career researchers to understand and address global challenges in fast-growing cities in developing countries.

This new funding scheme – the Capacity Development Acceleration Fund – supports a visiting research fellowship programme, as well as pilot research, knowledge mobilisation and research management projects.

If you, or your organisation, are interested in building capacity to tackle urban, health and education challenges in developing country cities then please apply by 31 March 2019.

We are particularly looking to support early career researchers looking to strengthen their experience working in ODA (Official Development Assistance) eligible developing country cities.

To download the application form and for more information about the funding scheme, including  who can apply and costs that can be covered, please visit the SHLC website.


SHLC’s Capacity Development Acceleration Fund supports a range of different activities, but first and foremost applicants must focus on SHLC ‘challenge areas’ (urban, health and education – see SHLC’s research themes) within neighbourhoods and cities of one or more ODA (Official Development Assistance) eligible countries. Visit the OECD for more information about ODA eligible countries, including definition and coverage.

Visiting fellowships and pilot projects should complement the core work of SHLC by:

  • Extending: SHLC research and methodologies in a new context, such as a different city beyond our case study countries;
  • Enhancing: capacity of individuals, teams and organisations beyond the core SHLC consortium to address global challenges in fast-growing cities through research, training or knowledge exchange events;
  • Translating: SHLC’s key research findings for community settings with non-academic audiences through creative engagement, like community events or creative content.

If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about the funding scheme, please do not hesitate to contact the SHLC project team at:

SHLC is funded via UK Research and Innovation as part of the UK Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund.