A boy in a small boat and people on a bridge in Myanmar, one of the countries where projects are eligible for GCRF funding

October 13, 2020, by Rob Ounsworth

Global Challenges Research Fund: apply now for internal award   

The University of Nottingham is inviting applications for internal awards to support the UK Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). 

The £1.5bn GCRF supports cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. It forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment and is a key part of the UK’s overseas aid strategy. 

The University distributes a block grant from Research England to support collaborative projects that brings together researchers in the UK with those in developing countries.   

The deadline for full applications to the internal scheme for the 2020/21 financial year is 23 October 2020. 

Awards of up to £250,000 are available to proposals that are interdisciplinary, challenge-led and impact focused, which translate novel research into measurable real-world outcomes.  

They will address at least one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and will fall into one of the following thematic priority areas:  

  • Global health and well being
  • Food systems
  • Inclusive and equitable education
  • Resilience to environmental shocks and challenges
  • Cities and sustainable infrastructure security, conflict, human rights, social justice, migration and displacement knew line clean air, water and sanitation
  • Affordable, reliable, sustainable energy

Details on how to apply for the fund  

GCRF internal deadlines 
Launch    9 October  2020  
Deadline for Submission of full application    23 October 2020   
Notification of Panel Review Outcome    30 October 2020   
Project Start Date*    31 November 2020  
Deadline for Completion of all project activities    31 July 2021   

*Dependent on completion of contracts and due diligence   



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