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Global Challenge Research Fund – Call for Evidence


The Government Spending Review on 25th November 2015 announced “a new £1.5 billion Global Challenges Research Fund, to ensure UK science takes the lead in addressing the problems faced by developing countries, whilst developing our ability to deliver cutting-edge research”.

The Global Challenges Research Fund is an initiative of BIS (Department for Business Innovation & Skills which operates across a number of delivery partners, including the Research Councils, National Academies and HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council for England). The RCUK Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) represents the largest portion of this Fund.

We have launched a Call for Evidence to gather views on the high-level challenges that will form the basis of the funding calls from the GCRF collective fund, the information gathered will also be share with the other delivery partners so that it may inform their own strategies. We would also like your views on the most effective ways of delivering GCRF.

We are looking for inputs from individuals and institutions across all academic disciplines, non-governmental organisation and industrial sectors both in and outside of the UK. Please alert colleagues who may wish to respond.

The results from the survey will be reviewed alongside other feedback. We will share a short summary of evidence we have collected and outline how that has informed our strategy in the autumn.

This Call for Evidence forms part of a broader programme of strategic engagement activities taking place under the GCRF programme. We will be running focus groups later this year and opening a Call for Ideas early next year which will to generate priority themes within each challenge.

Take the survey here, it will take around 30 minutes to complete. The survey closes at 16.00 on Monday 22 August 2016.

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