Official Development Assistance research funding

The UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment includes research funding available to researchers across the UK, including the Global Challenges Research Fund. Here you can find support, resources and guidance from the UCL Office of the Vice-Provost (Research), to help all interested participants at UCL.

Global Challenges Research Fund

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a 5-year £1.5bn fund and a key component in the delivery of the Government's UK Aid Strategy: tackling global challenges in the national interest. The fund aims to ensure that UK research takes a leading role in addressing the problems faced by developing countries through: 

  • challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research 
  • strengthening capacity for research and innovation within both the UK and developing countries 
  • providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.

RCUK are currently inviting expressions of interest in applying for up to £20m of GCRF funding to create new interdisciplinary hubs to address intractable challenges facing developing countries. More information about the current call, including application guidance, is available on the Research Councils UK website.

Expressions of interest in this call must be submitted to your school research facilitator by Monday, 21st August; this page should tell you everything you need to know about the process, but if you have questions please get in touch.

If you are a researcher in BEAMS, please contact the BEAMS funding office

If you are a researcher in SLASH or the IOE, please contact the SLASH IOE research facilitation team.

If you are a researcher in SLMS, please contact the SLMS research coordination office.

The Global Challenges Research Fund is separate from UCL’s own Grand Challenges, which have their own funding opportunities, exclusively for UCL researchers.

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