Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)
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. The funding is protected science spend and the Research Councils are primary delivery partners. The GCRF is also part of the UK Government’s pledge to allocate 0.7% of Gross National Income to Official Development Assistance, promoting the welfare and economic development of developing countries. With the GCRF focus on global challenges, research investments are expected to span disciplines including the biological sciences, environmental sciences, medicine and the social sciences.
The Research Councils have each received directly allocated portions of the GCRF. In addition to the funds allocated to Councils, there is a large amount of funding that remains unallocated. GCRF delivery partners are working towards a strategy for this and further details will be announced as soon as possible.
BBSRC is not currently investing in any calls.
Research funded through GCRF calls will form part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA). Therefore, any research proposal submitted to the calls should clearly demonstrate its primary purpose is to promote the economic development and welfare of Low and/or Middle Income Countries (LMICs) on the DAC list of ODA recipients as its main objective.
- GCRF: Networks in Vector Borne Disease Research
- GCRF Call in Networks for Vaccine R&D
- Bioinformatics and Biological Resources Fund
- Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases
- GCRF-Impact Acceleration Accounts (GCRF-IAAs)
- Global Agriculture and Food Systems Research (led by BBSRC)
- Global Infections (led by MRC)
- Non-Communicable Disease – Beyond Infections (led by MRC)