What is the global research translation award (GRTA)?
The Global Research Translation Award (GRTA) is a £1.36 million project to help tackle health, nutrition, education and environment issues in developing countries.
The GRTA has been funded as part of the UK government’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Innovation and Commercialisation Programme, developed to fast-track promising research findings into real-world solutions. These include practical tools and commercial opportunities for products and services that can be used by local communities to help make their lives and environments healthier, safer and more sustainable.
In total, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has awarded £14.8 million to 18 international partnerships between UK Higher Education Institutions and organisations from across low and middle income countries.
What the GRTA project involves
The UEA’s GRTA project involves meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals: creating innovative infrastructures and policy solutions to support sustainable development in Global South communities.
The over-arching project comprises four interconnected sub-projects addressing child malnutrition, sustainable food systems, family literacy and microplastic pollution.
The project brings together 15 international partner organisations from 10 different countries. It draws on interdisciplinary expertise from across UEA, including the schools of:
- Education and Lifelong Learning
- Global Development*
Experts on communication from UEA are also involved, including:
- Christine Cornea from Art, Media and American Studies
- Jean McNeil from Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
- Asher Minns from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.
*As part of their 50th anniversary celebration in 2023, the School of International Development has changed its name to the School of Global Development.
Filmmaking without borders
Collaboration, empowerment and impact in global research projects
Selected short documentaries, info-animations and advocacy films were displayed in a live streaming event organized within the Green Film Festival @UEA series.
These internationally accessible films, product of the collaboration with GRTA’s partner organisations, were accompanied by talks from academic filmmakers, project investigators and international partners.