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Global Challenges Research Fund

York remains committed to research in the Global South
Vice-Chancellor Professor Charlie Jeffery has stated his commitment to continue to support research in the Global South following the Government’s decision to cut funding to the Official Development Assistance programme. Read about the VC's response

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, aims to:

  • address global challenges through disciplinary and interdisciplinary research;
  • strengthen capability for research and innovation within both UK and developing countries; and
  • 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 University has adopted a strategic approach to the funding opportunities offered by the Global Challenges Research Fund, establishing a University GCRF Steering Group, chaired by the PVC Research, with cross-faculty membership, including senior staff involved in RCUK GCRF activity. The Steering Group maintains an overview of GCRF-funded activity across the University, and is working to ensure that the University is well placed to deliver against the GCRF agenda in alignment with the University’s Research Strategy. A GCRF Task and Finish Group co-ordinates professional support for GCRF applications and awards with particular regard to identifying and mitigating risk, and reports to the Steering Group on a regular basis.

Open calls

The list of live GCRF funding calls is updated regularly on the UKRI GCRF website.