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:
- Promote challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research
- Strengthen capacity for research, innovation and knowledge exchange in the UK and developing countries through partnership with excellent UK research and researchers
- Provide an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need. More information can be found in this downloadable guide (.pdf).