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30th May, 2019

Changing the Story: Large Grants Scheme

The GCRF programme Changing the Story: Building inclusive civil societies with, and for, young people in post-conflict countries is delighted to launch its Large Grants funding scheme for researchers at all levels, supporting research that considers how civil society organisations (CSO) can best support children and young people in post-conflict settings.

A key aim of Changing the Story is to deliver the first large-scale comparative study of CSO practice across a range of post-conflict societies, confronting the challenge of building strong institutions for the delivery of social justice for young people.

Adopting quantitative and qualitative, co-production and action-research methodologies, Changing the Story is working in partnership with researchers at Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Independent Research Organisations (IROs) across the UK and Official Development Assistance (ODA)-recipient countries, using our research findings to develop new methods, case studies and practical toolkits, for engaging children and young people with the many ways that violent national pasts continue to impact on their communities and countries. In the process we seek to generate new theory, as well as making a significant intervention both on the ground and at policy level.

This Large Grants scheme is the third round of projects to be administered by Changing the Story, and follows five proof of concept projects that are situated in Cambodia, Colombia, Kosovo, Rwanda and South Africa and eleven projects across 12 countries funded by our ECR Grants scheme, which closed in December 2018.

CTS Large Grants Awards range from £50,000-£100,000.

Scope

Changing the Story is a collaborative project which explores the following research questions:

  • What lessons can be learnt from the ways in which CSOs have attempted to deal with the legacy of past violence on the key issues facing young people in these societies today?
  • How can these lessons be shaped into practical, and sustainable, development projects on the ground, localising best practice to the situation faced by specific communities?
  • How can CSOs most effectively share best practice internationally? What are the higher-level policy implications of our research findings for development agencies and multilateral bodies seeking to roll out more extensive programmes on post-conflict resolution?

The project team applying for the CTS Large grant must be multi-institutional. It must include at least two researchers – one from the UK and one from an ODA-country, one of whom must be the Principal Investigator. It must also include at least one CSO partner working in the ODA recipient country.

Closing Date: 14/06/2019

More info can be found here.


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