Global Challenges Research Fund


What is GCRF?

Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion UK government initiative aimed at fostering research collaborations between UK institutions and institutions in Development Assistance Committee (DAC) listed countries to generate innovative solutions to intractable development issues. 

Research & Innovation's Global Challenges Strategy Manager, Dr Hilary Lynch, can provide further information, support and guidance with applications for GCRF, Newton Funding and other DAC listed related calls. Please contact Hilary if you have research in a GCRF related area, are thinking of applying for GCRF, Newton or other related funding, or simply require further GCRF information.

You can also keep up to date with GCRF related news and information through Royal Holloway GCRF Community on Yammer.

Our Recent Awards

ESRC, UKRI-GCRF Equitable Resilience call 2019: Depleted by Debt? Focusing a gendered lens on climate resilience, credit, and nutrition in translocal Cambodia and South India, PI Professor Katherine Brickell (RHUL), Co-Is Dr Laurie Parsons (RHUL), Dr Nithya Natarajan (KCL), Dr Giacomo Zanello (Reading), Dr Dalia Iskander (UCL), Dr Sopheak Chann (RUPP, Cambodia), Dr Venkatasubramanian Govindan & Dr Nithya Joseph (French Institute, India), Dr Radhika Cherukuri (National Institute of Rural Development), Dr Isabelle Guerin (Institute of Research for Development, France) £820,759 - see announcement

British Academy, Humanities and Social Sciences Tackling Global Challenges Programme 2020: In/Visible Syrian Immigrants in Turkey: Identities and Cities in Transition, PI Dr Gul Berna Ozcan, Co-Is: Dr Cigdem Varol (Gazi University, Turkey), Professor Burak Asiliskender & Dr Sinan Akyuz (Abdullah Gul University, Turkey), Dr Meltem Karadag (Gaziantep University, Turkey) £48,400 - see announcement

EPSRC, UKRI GCRF Global Research Translation Award: PlomBoxear: A Device for Open Source Metrology to Fight Lead Contamination in Drinking Water, PI Professor Stewart Boogert (RHUL), Co-Is: Dr Jocelyn Monroe, Dr Joseph Walding, Dr Anica Zeyen & Dr Anirban Basu (RHUL); Dr Alejandro D. Nadra (University of Buenos Aires), Dr Carles Canet Miquel (National Autonomous University of Mexico) £882,085 - see announcement

BBSRC, A combined Food Systems Approach to Scaling-up Interventions to Address the Double Burden of Malnutrition: The production & promotion of nutrient rich foodstuffs to address the double burden of malnutrition, PI Professor Paul Fraser, Co-Is: Dr Genny Enfissi & Dr Ivica Petrikova (RHUL); Dr Ranjana Bhattacharjee & Dr Luis Decerra Lopez-Lavalle (Int Inst of Tropical Agriculture, Nigeria); Dr Peter Hanson & Dr Ralph Roothaert (AVRDC - The World Vegetable Center) £927,450 - see announcement

British Academy, Heritage, Dignity and Violence Programme 2019: Crafting Heritage for Well-Being in Iraq, PI Dr Zena Kamash (RHUL), Co-Is: Dr Marie LaBrosse (AUIS), Dr Emma Palmer Cooper (University of Southampton) £227,814 - see announcement

GCRF ESRC Hubs 2018: GCRF South-South Migration, Inequality and Development Hub, PI Prof Heaven Crawley (Lead, Coventry University), Co-I Prof Hari G Harindranath, Prof Tim Unwin (RHUL) £688,000 - see announcement

Internal GCRF funding opportunities


The following funding opportunities are available for early career researchers, mid to senior career academics, and for academics who have existing development projects and wish to show in-country impact through follow-on impact funding.


Early Career Reseracher Scheme Application form
Global Visitors Scheme Application form
Follow-on Impact Scheme

Application form

GCRF Fellowship Application form


Applying for GCRF funding?

For more information on the application process, see Preparation and Approvals & Submission for more guidance.

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