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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The RCUK GCRF team have developed the following standalone videos to provide an overview of key aspects of the GCRF and the call for Interdisciplinary Research Hubs to Address Intractable Challenges Faced by Developing Countries. A copy of the presentations from these videos is available.
Background to the GCRF and the underpinning strategy
Brief overview of the GCRF and how it fits in to the broader UK Official Development Assistance research funding landscape.
GCRF Key Principles
Outlines the four underpinning principles for RCUK GCRF activities.
RCUK GCRF Interdisciplinary Research Hubs call
A summary of the scope of this call and details of eligibility, funding available and the application process.
Hints and Tips for GCRF applicants
This highlights the key differences between Collective Fund calls 1 and 2 and shares some lessons learned for applicants based on GCRF activities to date.
If you are not currently involved in an Interdisciplinary Research Hub proposal but are interested in partnering on one, you can find information about those looking for additional partners here.
|Call title||Council||Closing date|
|GCRF New Models of Sustainable Development||ESRC||11 January 2018|
|New social and cultural insights into mental, neurological and substance use disorders in developing countries||ESRC||11 January 2018|
|EqUIP call for collaborative research on sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connections||AHRC||30 November 2017|
|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|
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|