The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a five-year £1.5 billion funding stream, announced as part of the Government’s 2015 spending review. It forms part of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment, to support cutting-edge research which addresses the problems faced by developing countries.
The fund, administered through delivery partners including the Research Councils and national academies, will address global challenges through disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, will strengthen capability for research and innovation within both UK and developing countries, and will provide an agile response to emergencies and opportunities.
GCRF research should clearly demonstrate that the primary purpose is to promote the economic development and welfare of Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs), and must be ODA compliant.
The Global Engagement team also manages a number of funding schemes to promote international activities (including Seed Funding and Staff Mobility schemes).
Funding for global development research is increasing. The UK Collaborative on Development Research (UKCDR) hub can be used to explore and understand the main funding opportunities in this arena within the UK. The UKCDR is a group of UK government departments and research funders working in international development research.
For advice and support on funding opportunities contact your departmental research administrator in the first instance.