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Research Councils UK Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) 

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.

Deadline: Various - see GCRF website at and the the sites of individual research councils.


GCRF Latest

GCRF Networking grants 

Academy of Medical Sciences, GB and other funders. Provides up to £25,000 over one year to support collaborations between developing countries and the UK and to hold networking events aimed at addressing global challenges.  Round 3 of the scheme will open in June 2018, and will close in August 2018. 

Rolling deadlines: Next deadline August 2018 

African career accelerator awards

Francis Crick Institute, GB and other funders. The Crick African Network's African Career Accelerator (CAN ACA) awards will provide Fellowship support for African Post-Doctoral researchers aiming to make the transition to becoming an independent researcher and launching their own research group. It is expected that up to six fellowships will be awarded in this round, each with a value of up to approximately £130,000. 

Expression of Interest deadline: 01 July 2018; full applications 01 August 2018

COMING SOON Bioinformatics and biological resources fund

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, GB and other funders. Up to 2 Million.

Expected July 2018

Agri-systems research to enhance livelihoods in developing countries


The aim of this call is to enhance livelihoods through interdisciplinary research to improve agricultural systems by understanding, at multiple scales, interactions between the biology of crops and farmed animals, their environments and management.

Forecast close: 19 Sep 2018

Partnering on Interdisciplinary Research Hubs

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.

GCRF International Collaboration Awards 

Awards are worth up to £75,000 per year for up to three years. 

Not open. Projected closing date : May 2019


GCRF Guidance

 Criteria for GCRF released by the GCRF Advisory Board

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) supports researchers committed to sustainable development and the eradication of poverty encouraging partnerships between UK and developing country researchers, national and international development agencies, and policy-makers in both North and South. The GCRF Strategic Advisory Group has released the criteria for GCRF Funding.

Global Challenges Research Fund - Funders’ observations on preparing your proposal

AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, MRC and NERC have recently supported Foundation Awards through the Global Challenges Research Fund. These general observations are provided as a guide to support applicants in preparing future GCRF proposals. These observations are generic and being provided to all applicants to the full stage therefore comments are not specific to any application. This document incorporates some feedback provided at the outline stage. Please note some of the comments are general observations and may not have been used by the panel to evaluate any application.

GCRF guidance for Official Development Assistance (ODA)

The following text has been developed in consultation with the Department for International Development to provide general guidance on ODA compliance to applicants for Global Challenges Research Fund grants. It is intended as general guidance only and is not officially endorsed by the OECD.

Is it ODA? Factsheet 2006

This note helps donors to decide whether a particular expenditure qualifies as official development assistance (ODA). It supplements the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Statistical Reporting Directives. Further guidance on ODA eligibility of expenditures in the field of conflict, peace and security is available in the DAC’s “ODA Casebook on Conflict, Peace and Security Activities.”