Global Challenges Research Fund call for applications

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RCUK call for applications 

Submission deadline: 6th December 2016 (Intention to submit required by 25th October)

Funding available: £2M - £8M   

RCUK have now issued a call for applications to the first tranche of the Global Challenges Research Fund  (GCRF) Collective Fund. Applications for 4 year projects in the range of £2m-£8m are sought and awards must start no later than 1 April 2017. Applications are expected from single institutions or small consortia and each institution can only lead on two applications which must be framed around up to three development challenges within one coherent vision. It is expected that challenges should build on existing institutional research strengths. The call is underpinned by the following Challenge Areas:

  • Secure and resilient food systems supported by sustainable agriculture
  • Sustainable health and well being
  • Inclusive and equitable quality education
  • Clean air, water and sanitation
  • Renewable energy and materials

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EPSRC call for proposals 

Submission deadline: 15th November 2016 

Funding available: £1.25M 

EPSRC have issued a call for proposals aimed at ‘Tackling global development challenges through engineering and digital technology research’. £25 million is available to fund in the region of 20 projects with a duration of up to 36 months. Proposals should predominantly be within the EPSRC remit although interdisciplinary and/or multidisciplinary proposals are welcome. Applicants may only be named as Investigator (PI or Co-I) on one proposal. Exemplar areas (which should not be seen as exclusive) as listed below under each heading, proposals may also span both headings.


  • Sustainable infrastructure development
  • Engineering for disaster resilience
  • Engineering for humanitarian aid

Digital Technology

  • Access to digital services
  • Use of data for vital services
  • Secure and trusted digital infrastructures

Collaboration with academic partners, government agencies and NGO’s based in one or more developing countries is strongly encouraged but is not mandatory. Industrial collaborators are also welcome. Grants should start no later than 1 May 2017.

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