Global Challenges Research Fund

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion UK government fund to support challenge-led research in low and middle-income countries. It is administered through delivery partners including the Research Councils and national academies. All research under GCRF must adhere to the guidelines on Official Development Assistance (ODA). The fund is part of the UK government’s pledge to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income on ODA, and all research much promote the social and economic welfare of the partner country, with an emphasis on sustainable development. Some of the funding is allocated directly to the Research Councils and some is unallocated. Plans for this common pot or ‘collective fund’ are ongoing. Please see below for more information on calls from specific research councils under the GCRF:

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

Medical Research Council (MRC)

Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) 

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 

Resources (useful information from internal and external meetings):

ESRC IAA workshop

University Leadership Forum

BBSRC Foundation Awards

ESRC GCRF Town Hall meeting

For more information, please contact Louise Heery, International Networks and Collaborations Manager,