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Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)

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Official Development Assistance (ODA) update

Please refer to ODA review for the latest information on ODA.

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a new five year £1.5 billion resource funding stream, announced as part of the 2015 spending review, to ensure that UK research takes a leading role in addressing the problems faced by developing countries.

The GCRF will deploy the UK’s world-class research capability to address the challenges faced by the developing world. The funding is protected science spend and the research councils are primary delivery partners. The GCRF is also part of the UK government’s pledge to allocate 0.7% of Gross National Income to Official Development Assistance, promoting the welfare and economic development of developing countries. With the GCRF focus on global challenges, research investments are expected to span disciplines including the biological sciences, environmental sciences, medicine and the social sciences.

The research councils have each received directly allocated portions of the GCRF. In addition to the funds allocated to councils, there is a large amount of funding that remains unallocated. GCRF delivery partners are working towards a strategy for this and further details will be announced as soon as possible.

Funding opportunities

Current opportunities

Research funded through GCRF calls will form part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA). Therefore, any research proposal submitted to the calls should clearly demonstrate its primary purpose is to promote the economic development and welfare of Low and/or Middle Income Countries (LMICs) on the DAC list of ODA recipients as its main objective.

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