Happy Urban October – Applications Open for Sustainable Cities Small Grants Fund

Happy Urban October – Applications Open for Sustainable Cities Small Grants Fund

By Gail Wilson, University of Glasgow, Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods. Image: Vulnerability in informal settlements, Kigali, Rwanda. Credit: Irfan Shakil, Khulna University, Bangladesh.

The number of people living in our towns and cities across the world continues to rise every day. By 2050, the United Nations estimates that 3 billion more people will be added to our urban population.

This scale of urbanisation provides a positive opportunity for economic growth and social change, but alongside this rapid growth our cities also face major demographic, environmental, economic, social and spatial challenges.

As we celebrate UN Habitat’s ‘Urban October’, the Centre for Sustainable Healthy and Learning Cities (SHLC), based at the University of Glasgow, is working to respond to urban challenges across fast-growing cities in Africa and Asia.

And, we want you to join us! Applications are now open for SHLC’s Capacity Development Acceleration Fund.

What is the fund?

The SHLC small grants fund supports a visiting research fellowship programme, as well as pilot research, knowledge mobilisation and research management projects, to help tackle urban, health and education challenges in neighbourhoods across fast-growing cities in developing countries.

Who can apply?

The fund is open to individuals and organisations exploring and responding to urban, health and education challenges within cities across ODA (Official Development Assistance) eligible developing countries.

Applications lead by Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC) are particularly encouraged to apply.

What costs will be covered?

The fund is intended to support small-scale projects and activities such as a travel, transcription to support interviews and focus groups as well as venue hire and catering to support workshops and events. The fund does not cover staff costs, salary or studentships.

Our Capacity Development Acceleration Fund is supported by our project funding, which is delivered by the UK Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund, therefore all activities must be ODA-eligible. Visit the OECD for more information about ODA eligible countries, including definition and coverage.

Apply now

Responding to urban challenges is not just about supporting sustainable cities, but can also be a vital interlocutor for delivering all of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Apply to our fund, collaborate with us, and help us ensure that cities are sustainable for all.

Want to find out more about SHLC?

SHLC is an international consortium of nine research partners aiming to strengthen capacity to address urban, health and education challenges in neighbourhoods across fast-growing cities in Africa and Asia.

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SHLC is funded by UK Research and Innovation and the Economic and Social Research Council as part of the UK Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund.