GCRF

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:

  • 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 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.

The GCRF is administered through 17 delivery partners including the Research Councils, the UK National Academies, the UK Space Agency and other funding bodies. Information about the programmes run by each delivery partner can be accessed through the links on the GCRF webpage.

Academy GCRF programmes

Global health policy workshops

The Academy of Medical Sciences’ have a GCRF grant to support policy workshops and at least one academic from an ODA country to join the Academy’s international working group projects.

 These workshops aim to:

  • Enable partners (primarily National Academies) in ODA eligible countries to consider how scientific evidence can help address key global health challenges.
  • Build capacity in ODA countries for the provision of scientific advice.

Find out more about our GCRF policy work

Find out more about upcoming GCRF policy events

Joint Academies Resilient Futures programme

The Academy of Medical Sciences also have a GCRF grant for the Joint Academies Resilient Futures programme in partnership with the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society which is composed of a series of activities each run by a different partner. . 

The Academy delivers, on behalf of the partners, the GCRF Networking Grants as part of the Joint Academies Resilient Futures programme. The Academy of Medical Sciences will work collaboratively across the GCRF delivery partners to ensure that these grants provide opportunities for researchers, drawn from a wide spectrum of disciplines and backgrounds, to develop new collaborations, improve interaction between UK researchers and those in developing countries and build communities of researchers that can submit high quality applications for other GCRF funding calls.

Find out more about our GCRF Networking Grants

The Academy also offers five awards each year through the Springboard Awards scheme as part of the Joint Academies Resilient Futures programme. The aim of these awards is to establish a cohort of outstanding early career researchers who are specifically interested in/focussed on collaborating with researchers in developing countries, and in supporting development by addressing research questions relevant to the GCRF. 

Find out more about our Springboard Awards

Find out more about the GCRF programmes of our Joint Academies partners:

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South-East Regional Annual Lecture 2018, Oxford, 3 December

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