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Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort - Call for Training Providers

Support a training and development programme for emerging research leaders in climate and environment.

Call for Training Providers 

In 2022, the ACU and British Council are launching a second round of their Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort, which is part of the British Council’s Going Global Partnerships.

programme is designed to enhance the contribution of science to national, regional, and international decision making in the area of climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The programme
will target 10 priority countries and will support the skills development of early career researchers (ECRs) through the provision of training and development opportunities in knowledge exchange and research for impact.

A 12-month training and development programme will consist of the following components:

Component 1 

1. A series of virtual workshops and asynchronous activities to prepare the ECRs to successfully complete component 2. 

Component 2 

2. The delivery of collaborative knowledge exchange projects engaging policy and practice stakeholders in the scoping of research projects. 

3. A transdisciplinary research sandpit to facilitate the co-creation of research projects. 

4. Bid writing training and bid writing support during an internal programme research grant call. 

Component 3 

5. Media writing and media writing support. 

The ACU is seeking providers to co-design and lead the delivery of Component 1 – ‘A series of virtual workshops and asynchronous activities to prepare the ECRs to successfully complete Component 2’.

Overview of Component 1

It is expected that Component 1 will include the following characteristics: 

1. A series of virtual workshops, including an orientation workshop, that provides the necessary skills and learning to effectively design and deliver a knowledge exchange project engaging policy and practice stakeholders in the scoping of research projects. Areas of focus could include research leadership, knowledge exchange/collaboration including the co-creation of research projects, research project management, stakeholder engagement, etc. 

2. A series of asynchronous activities alongside the workshops, for example engaging with national and/or regional policy documents (e.g., Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)), stakeholder mapping exercises, project design for the knowledge exchange projects in Component 2. 

The expected learning outcomes for the ECRs are: 

1. Participating ECRs have the necessary skills and learning to effectively deliver a knowledge exchange project designed to engage research end users (policy makers, enterprise representatives, community representatives) in scoping and co-creation of research projects focused on tackling climate change challenges.  

2. Participating ECRs are prepared to work collaboratively on a hybrid (remote and in-person) knowledge exchange and research proposal development programme (Component 2). 

Training outputs: 

  1. It is expected that by the end of the training the participating ECRs have developed a project plan for delivering the knowledge exchange projects outlined in Component 2. 


In order to be eligible for this post, you must be an employee of a registered organisation or registered as self-employed. ACU reserves the right to request evidence of employment status, if appropriate and necessary to do so. 

At ACU, we don’t just accept difference — we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our services, and our community. ACU is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and encourages applications from all individuals regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships. 

Important Information

Funding available

A total of £25,000 (inclusive of all taxes) is available to the deliver Component 1 of the training programme between March and June 2023.  

Delivery requirements

The applicant must be available to complete the work within the time frame set out above. 

All workshops will be held virtually via an ACU virtual meeting platform. 

It is expected that the training providers consider accessibility requirements and inclusivity within their training plan (this refers to ensuring that the training delivery is accessible for participants from different contexts, including, but not limited to, considerations around gender, disability, language, connectivity). The ACU has contingency budget set aside, in addition to the £25,000 budgeted for the training, to cover any required reasonable adjustments. 

How to Apply

The following application documents are required: 

1. A training delivery plan (up to 3 A4 pages) designed to meet the learning outcomes outlined above, including details of the proposed activities, intended learning outcomes for each activity, timeline, and accessibility considerations. 

2. A cover letter (up to 2 A4 pages) that includes: 

Details of the trainers and their expertise in the training focus areas. 

Details of the trainers’ experience in delivering training workshops, including in a virtual/remote setting. 

Details of the trainers' motivation for participating in this programme in this role. 

3. Curriculum Vitae’s (CV) (up to 2 A4 pages per CV) of the proposed trainers. 

4. A budget that aligns to the stated delivery plan and team profile provided in Pound Sterling (GBP). 

5. Contact details of two referees. 

Evaluation criteria 

1. Alignment of training delivery plan to the characteristics, learning outcomes, and output of Component 1. 

2. Expertise and experience of the proposed trainers. 

3. Accessibility and inclusiveness of the training activities/plan. 

4. Value for money. 

To apply, please submit the above documents to Oluwaseyi Akinnirun by 23:59 UTC on 4 December 2022. Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered

Shortlist applicants will be expected to participate in an interview via a virtual meeting platform during the week commencing 9
 December 2022. 

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

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