Global Challenges Research Fund

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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.

Global Challenges Research Fund: UKRI-UNDP joint report - Expressions of interest

Closing date: 31 Aug

24 Jul 2018

UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) invites expressions of interest for a joint team of UK researchers and UNDP policymakers to collect evidence, develop original arguments and compose a major UKRI-UNDP report on how science, research and innovation might most effectively accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals for developing countries.

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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 (SDGs) and the UN Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The three pillars of the GCRF framework address future sustainability at the core of SDGs priorities:

  • Equitable access to sustainable development
  • Sustainable economies and societies
  • Human rights, good governance and social justice

Within these themes, the GCRF will support a diverse but balanced portfolio of activities with the common feature that they will both address the research agenda for enabling change and the SDGs and, reflect the Department for Business, Energy & Industry Strategy (BEIS) Official Development Assistance (ODA) statement of intent, maximise the practical impact of research and innovation to improve the lives and opportunities of the global poor. Thus, GCRF focuses on challenges that are manifest within countries on the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list - external link. The GCRF will not give priority to individual countries, but will support UK universities and research organisations in undertaking challenge-led research where it can add greatest value and has the greatest potential for impact.

Previous and current NERC GCRF activities include: