The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a 5-year £1.5Bn fund and a key component in the delivery of the UK Aid Strategy: tackling global challenges in the national interest. The fund aims to ensure that UK research takes a leading role in addressing the problems faced by developing countries through:
The Global Challenges Research Fund is an initiative led by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) which operates across a number of delivery partners, including the UK Research Councils, UK Higher Education Funding bodies, the Academy of Medical Sciences, Royal Society, British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and UK Space Agency.
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.
When assessing whether an activity is eligible as ODA or not, delivery partners consider whether projects and programmes satisfy OECD criteria on eligibility by whether or not they:
The GCRF delivery partners have prepared some additional guidance on ODA . Any applications to the GCRF will need to comply with these guidelines.
A booklet detailing GCRF funding within the first year of the programme is also available.
The project is currently being led by:
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|Call title||Council||Closing date|
|Sustainable Agriculture for Sub-Saharan Africa (SASSA)||BBSRC||8 November 2017|
|BBSRC GCRF Strategic Training Awards for Research Skills (GCRF-STARS)||BBSRC||1 November 2017|
|Pre-announcement: Global Challenges Research Fund Translation Award||BBSRC||25 October 2017|
|Sustainable Agriculture for Sub-Saharan Africa (SASSA) call||BBSRC||8 November 2017|
|AHRC-MRC Global Public Health: Global Challenge Research Fund Partnership Awards (Call 2)||AHRC||26 October 2017|
|Interdisciplinary Research Hubs to Address Intractable Challenges Faced by Developing Countries||RCUK||29 September 2017|
|Bioinformatics and Biological Resources Fund||BBSRC||28 September 2017|
|Resilient and sustainable energy networks for developing countries||EPSRC||21 September 2017|
|Confidence in Global Mental Health Research: Institutional "pump-priming" awards||MRC||14 September 2017|
|Institutional "pump-priming" awards to develop new opportunities in Global Nutrition and Health Research||MRC||14 September 2017|
|STFC Global Challenge Research Fund Foundation Awards||STFC||5 September 2017|
Information on previous calls can be found here.
Call announcements and other information related to GCRF funding can be found below:
|Global issues from health to humanitarian crises to be tackled in ambitious research programme||21/07/2017|
|Pre-announcement: mental health, education and skills, decent work and transitions towards sustainable and inclusive societies.||04/08/2017|
|Pre-announcement: Sustainable Agriculture for Sub-Saharan Africa (SASSA) (Opens 4 September 2017)||25/07/2017|
|Sustainable Development Goal Interactions: The role of environmental science (4-5 September 2017)||25/07/2017|
|The UK Strategy for the Global Challenges Research Fund is now published||04/06/2017|
|Second GCRF Collective Fund call will be launched in late summer 2017||21/04/2017|
|Two new ESRC centres to help world's poorest and vulnerable||20/04/2017|
|ESRC GCRF Postdoctoral Fellowships call||20/04/2017|
|Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) highlight||16/03/2017|
|Research councils lay foundations for ambitious new global health research programmes||15/12/2016|
|Projects announced under the ESRC GCRF Strategic Networks call||16/12/2016|