Global Challenges Research Fund

The Academy of Medical Sciences’ GCRF policy grant has supported ten policy workshops since 2016 with a further eleven workshops taking place in 2019 and 2020.

Ongoing

The Global Challenges Research Fund (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.

GCRF is administered through delivery partners including the Research Councils and National Academies. 

Click here if you want to find out more about the Global Challenges Research Fund and the range of Academy projects supported by the fund. 

The Academy of Medical Sciences’ GCRF grant has supported ten policy workshops since 2016 with a further eleven workshops taking place in 2019-2020.

 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.

 To read more about the individual workshops, click below.

 

Upcoming workshops

 

Improving the prevention and management of multimorbidity in sub-Saharan Africa

This two-day workshop on the 5-6 September 2019 in Johannesburg, chaired by Professor Alan Silman FMedSci and Professor Karen Hofman, will facilitate discussions around improving the prevention and management of multimorbidity in sub-Saharan Africa.

Multidisciplinary research in epidemic preparedness and response

This two-day workshop on the 2-3 October 2019 in London, chaired by Professor Jimmy Whitworth FMedSci and Professor Rajae El Aouad, will facilitate discussions around the key research evidence required to better prepare, prevent and respond to epidemics, particularly where these arise in poorly resourced countries (LMICs)

Research to improve Urban Health within the context of Universal Health Coverage in Latin America

The Academy of Medical Sciences is convening a policy workshop on Science to improve Urban Health within the context of UHC on the 5-6 December 2019. 

Science to tackle non-communicable diseases in South Asia and beyond in the SDG era

This two-day workshop on the 23-24 January 2020 in Colombo, chaired by Professor Liam Smeeth FMedSci and Professor Vajira Dissanayake will facilitate discussions around the necessary research to tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in South Asia and beyond.

Further workshop for 2019 TBC

 

Past workshops

 

2019 

Achieving Universal Health Coverage in LMICs: the role of quality of care research 

The Academy of Medical Sciences, in collaboration with the InterAcademy Partnership for Health (IAP for Health), convened a policy workshop on the role of quality of care research and universal health coverage (UHC) in LMICs London on the 29-30 May 2019.

 

2018

Challenges and priorities for global mental health research in the SDG era

The Academy of Medical Sciences, in collaboration with the InterAcademy Partnership for Health (IAP for Health), convened a policy workshop on mental health in low- and middle-income countries in London on the 28-29 June 2018.

 

Science to transform maternal and newborn survival and stillbirths in sub- Saharan Africa in the SDG era

The Academy of Medical Sciences, in collaboration with the African Academy of Sciences, convened a policy workshop on maternal and child health in sub-Saharan Africa in Nairobi, Kenya on the 4-5 September 2018.

 

Improving the development and deployment of rapid diagnostic tests in South East Asia

The Academy of Medical Sciences, in collaboration with the Philippines National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), convened a policy workshop on rapid diagnostic tests in South East Asia in Manila, Philippines on the 23-24 October 2018.

 

2017 

Addressing the global challenge of multimorbidity: Lessons from the BRICS countries

The Academy of Medical Sciences convened a policy workshop on multimorbidity in the BRICS countries in London from the 27-28 March 2017.

 

Strengthening clinical research capacity in low and middle income countries

The Academy of Medical Sciences and InterAcademy Partnership for Health held a policy workshop on strengthening clinical research capacity in low- and middle-income countries in London on the 3-4 July 2017.

  

Addressing the global health challenge of obesity

The Academy of Medical Sciences and the Academy of Sciences Malaysia convened a policy workshop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 2-3rd October 2017 on addressing the global health challenge of obesity.

 

Early intervention and diagnosis in paediatric neurodevelopment defects in Brazil

The Academy of Medical Sciences and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and Medicine convened a policy workshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on the 29-30 November 2017 on neurodevelopmental defects in children in Brazil.

 

2016

Addressing the global challenge of multimorbidity: Lessons from South Africa

The Academy of Medical Sciences, in partnership with the Academy of Sciences South Africa, convened a policy workshop on multimorbidity in Johannesburg, South Africa from the 2-3 November 2016.

 

Improving the development and deployment of rapid diagnostic tests in LMICs

The Academy of Medical Sciences, in collaboration with the InterAcademy Partnership for Health (IAP for Health), convened a policy workshop on rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) in London on the 21 November 2016. 

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