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Global Challenges Research Fund Call for Foundation Awards

last modified Jun 15, 2016 09:39 AM
Multidisciplinary research awards to address problems faced by developing countries in areas of agriculture and food systems, global infections and non-communicable diseases

The first three calls for proposals to the Global Challenges Research Fund are now open ( . The Fund, involving BBSRC, MRC, AHRC, ESRC and NERC, was created to ensure that UK research takes a leading role in addressing the problems faced by developing countries. Foundation Awards of up to £600,000 are available for multidisciplinary research in three areas:


Global Agriculture & Food Systems Research

Global Infections

Non-communicable Diseases


Deadline for outline applications: 4pm, 22 June 2016

Awards would start on 1 April 2017, for applications for proposals of ~24 months’ duration.

All research funded through these awards will be part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA).  Applications must be primarily relevant to near-term or long-term benefits to the health or prosperity of Low or Middle Income Countries. 

Please contact the Public Policy SRI Coordinator if you are interested in submitting. We can connect with colleagues in Food Security, Public Health, Energy and Infectious Diseases through the respective SRI and SRN coordinators. 

Colleagues in other SRIs/SRNS can also let you know of other similar proposals in preparation – you may want to join forces with others, or work to differentiate your bids.


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