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Call for Research-to-action facilitator

The ACU and the British Council have partnered to establish the Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort - convening 26 rising-star researchers across 16 countries to build international collaborations and bring local expertise to a global stage. In the lead-up to COP26, this unique cohort will work together, and alongside experts in climate research, to translate their knowledge into action and influence on issues related to climate and environment. Click here to find out more and meet the cohort.

We are seeking a senior climate-focused academic based at an ACU member university to support the Cohort in developing 5 research-to-action projects.

As a core component of the programme, these research-to-action projects will provide the cohort with an opportunity to work across borders and disciplines to design and deliver collaborative projects aiming to bridge the evidence-to-policy gap.

Funding available

A total of GBP 5000 (incl. VAT) is available to the research-to-action project facilitator.

​​Benefits and opportunities

As a research-to-action facilitator, you will receive the following benefits and opportunities:

  • An opportunity to collaborate and connect with a global, interdisciplinary group of rising star climate researchers who will have a platform at COP26 to share their work
  • An opportunity to develop and hone skills as a facilitator and leader in the climate and environment research to action field
  • Access to webinars and events hosted by the ACU and the British Council's climate and environment partners 
  • Profiling on the programme’s webpage


Applicants should display a strong academic track record and experience supervising academics, conducting or facilitating research-to-action projects, and communicating research to non-academic audiences in the climate and environment sector.


The application deadlines and delivery dates for the research-to-action projects are as follows:


Time period 

Application deadline

30 April 2021 at 09:00 UTC 

Research-to-action projects: conception and development phase

May-June 2021

Research-to-action projects: facilitation and support phase

July–October 2021

Monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) phase of research-to-action projects 


December 2021

How to apply

Download the full application guidance below for more details on the role and how to apply.

Applicants must submit a list of documents via email to by 30 April 2021 at 09:00 UTC.

Call For Research To Action Facilitator Climate Research Cohort

The Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort is a partnership project designed and delivered by the British Council and the ACU.