UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


Yacob Mulugetta appointed to the Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) Strategic Advisory Group

16 March 2018

Yacob Mulugetta, Professor of Energy and Development Policy at UCL STEaPP, has been appointed to the Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) Strategic Advisory Group.

Yacob Mulugetta


The Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) is a Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) initiative which operates across a number of delivery partners, including the Research Councils, National Academies, UK Space Agency and HEFCE.

The purpose of the Strategic Advisory Group is to advise on the strategic development and delivery of the Global Challenge Research Fund, including:





  • Engagement with research and stakeholder communities and the facilitation of new ideas and opportunities;
  • The development of a strategic research agenda and prioritisation of challenge topics;
  • The effectiveness of RCUK strategies and mechanisms, including mechanisms to build capability where it is needed to address existing deficits;
  • Integration of UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) and non-ODA challenge research, where this is sensible to do so;
  • The allocation of research funding, consistent with the Haldane principle.