The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) was a £1.5 billion fund running from 2015 to 2021 with the overarching ambition to ensure the UK takes the lead in addressing the problems faced by developing countries whilst developing the UK’s cutting-edge research abilities.
The fund formed part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA), which promotes the long-term sustainable growth of developing countries.
Delivery partners including all UK research councils and other UK funding bodies developed a set of complementary research programmes with the aim to:
In 2018 the University of Essex successfully obtained three years of Global Challenge Research Funding from Research England to support our academic community to develop collaborations and capacity building activities with research partners in ODA eligible countries. From 2018-2021 an annual series of activities has provided funding for:
Explore our map to find our more details of funded collaborative research projects, collaborations, events and incoming visiting fellowships we have supported since 2018.