BBSRC GCRF impact and communications strategy – Deadline: 13 Sep 2019

Professional Internship opportunity:

Shaping BBSRC’s impact and communications strategy for the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)

 Within BBSRC’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Hub,   there is an exciting opportunity for a Professional Internship for PhD Students (PIPS) placement to input into the development and delivery of BBSRC’s impact and communication strategy for GCRF. This interesting and challenging internship will provide an intern with insight into strategy development by the UK’s leading bioscience research funder and impacts of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) investment

Background to GCRF

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) was established in the 2015 Spending Review, to ensure that UK research takes a leading role in addressing the problems faced by low and middle income countries (LMICs). The GCRF deploys the UK’s world-class research capability to address the challenges faced by the Global South. It forms part of the UK Government’s pledge to allocate 0.7% of Gross National Income to ODA, with the primary goal of promoting the welfare and economic development of developing countries.

UKRI BBSRC and other Delivery Partners work collectively as well as through individual allocations to invest via GCRF.  Since 2016, UKRI BBSRC has invested its GCRF individual budget allocation through a wide-ranging portfolio of activities aimed at supporting the development of capacity as well as in providing the foundations for research partnerships.

As the first wave of GCRF investment comes to an end, we want to capture and communicate the impacts of this significant investment and consider potential future opportunities for BBSRC bioscience to contribute to tackling global development challenges (pending the outcome of future Government spending reviews).

 Role of the PIPS intern

We are looking for a PIPS intern to join BBSRC’s GCRF coordination hub, where they will work to support the development of forward strategy for potential future GCRF investment, as well as providing evidence to showcase the impact of BBSRC’s existing GCRF portfolio. This is a varied and interesting role working on a high profile funding stream. The intern will gain experience of BBSRC and wider UKRI strategy and policy development, as well as an understanding of the research for international development. They will:
Work with the GCRF Hub to develop the GCRF impact and communications strategy.

  • Write case studies for publication for a range of audiences (including the general public, government, researchers) demonstrating the impact of BBSRC GCRF activities
  • Carry out analysis of BBSRC’s GCRF portfolio of investments to inform future strategy development
  • Input into the development of forward strategy for capture and communication of impact.

If you would like to apply for this PIPS placement, please complete the Application Form and return it to by September 13th 2019. You should be available to start your placement in Late Autumn / early winter 2019.

Click here to download the Application Form

Questions on this placement can be directed to:

Dr Frances Medaney ( or

Dr Stephanie Williams-Blackwell (