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Global Challenges Research Fund

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries through:
  • challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research strengthening capacity for research and innovation within both the UK and developing countries
  • providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.

GCRF is administered through delivery partners including the Research Councils and national academies.

GCRF forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment, which is monitored by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). ODA-funded activity focuses on outcomes that promote the long-term sustainable growth of countries on the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list. GCRF funding will be awarded in a manner that fits with Official ODA guidelines.

 Current GCRF Open Calls

Diagnostics, prosthetics and orthotics to tackle health challenges in developing countries  EPSRC  15 May 2017 
MRC/AHRC GCRF Global Public Health; Partnership Awards pre-call announcement  MRC  8 June 2017 
Research Networking Highlight Notice for International Development  AHRC  25 April 2017 

The first round of ESRC GCRF calls has now been commissioned. Some analysis on the successful grants will be available soon. We are currently scoping and developing the next phase of ESRC GCRF activity and hope to announce new funding calls by late spring.

UCCRI/CCI Ideas Forum

Following our GCRF workshop with CCI partners on 21st February, there will be an Ideas Forum at the end of March.  This will be in the David Attenborough Building from 2pm and we ask people to come along with specific ideas in mind that they are comfortable to put on the table and enable others to brainstorm and feed into.  You can also come along to listen but it is hoped this will be more of an interactive process.

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UCCRI is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre, with a network of over 150 researchers from all 6 Schools of the University of Cambridge. The Institute supports multidisciplinary research on biodiversity conservation and the social context within which humans engage with nature. It works from a base in the David Attenborough Building, which is designed to enhance collaboration and the sharing of perspectives across organisational and disciplinary boundaries. Find out more...

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