The Global Challenge Research Fund – A New Opportunity for International Development Research

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a new 5-year £1.5Bn 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.

This is an entirely new stream of development research funding across arts, humanities, social and natural sciences, and engineering and physical sciences with particular opportunities for interdisciplinary research. 

It is the job of leading research universities to respond to the needs of society. As a globally connected, research led university, researchers at Swansea University are contributing to developing solutions to the most pressing problems the world faces. These include:

  • Health 
    To tackle diseases, strengthen health systems and reach the worlds’ most vulnerable.
  • Clean Energy
    To provide access to clean energy, including new technologies and the behavioural insights required for successful introduction to developing countries.
  • Sustainable Agriculture
    To improve nutrition and food security, support technological innovation, and increase resilience to climate change.
  • Conflict and humanitarian action 
    New insights and approaches for preventing conflict and violence, build stability and strengthen humanitarian action.
  • Foundations for Inclusive Growth
    To understand what works best for developing countries to build the foundations for economic development - macroeconomics, institutions, innovation and private sector growth, cities and infrastructure, education systems, jobs and skills.

The Research Development Team in REIS have run a series of information and networking sessions to promote the opportunity available from the new Global Challenges Research Fund and area avilable to provide further information and support. This is a five year programme of £1.5 bn (to 2020) which is now part of the UK Science budget of around £5 bn per annum. Funding calls are available to provide seed corn funding for foundation and preparatory projects. Contact your Research Hubs for more information.