Global Challenges Research Fund

The Global Challenges Research Fund - external link (GCRF) is a £1·5 billion fund announced by the UK government 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.

The GCRF is administered through delivery partners including the research councils and national academies.

The GCRF presents an opportunity for the UK research base to make leading contributions to key international initiatives to improve the economic potential and quality of life of those in the developing world, including the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development and the UN Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

NERC promotes sustainable development through use of the UK's world-leading environmental science. Environmental scientists frequently tackle global research challenges through international and multidisciplinary collaboration that benefits developing nations and NERC engages with international partners and researchers to proactively shape GCRF priorities and to realise resulting opportunities.


  • Towards a Sustainable Earth: An international partnership initiative focusing on environment-human systems and the UN Global Goals
  • Building Resilience: Foundation phase
  • Growing research capability to meet the challenges faced by developing countries: The call is aiming to support awards in the range of £2 million - £8 million over four years. Closing date for intentions to submit application was 25 October 2016.


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