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Global Challenges Research Fund - call for evidence

The £1.5 billion Global Challenges Research Fund has been set up to ensure UK science takes the lead in addressing the problems faced by developing countries, whilst developing our ability to deliver cutting-edge research. It is a BIS initiative which operates across a number of delivery partners, including the Research Councils, National Academies and HEFCE.

They have have launched a call for evidence to gather your views on the high-level challenges (see below) that will form the basis of the funding calls from the GCRF Collective Fund, the information gathered will also be shared with the other delivery partners so that it may inform their own strategies. They would also like your views on the most effective ways of delivering GCRF.

They are seeking inputs from individuals and institutions across all academic disciplines, non-governmental organisation and industrial sectors both in and outside of the UK.

Find out more about how you can contribute to this call for evidence at

The survey closes at 16.00 on 22 August 2016.

High level challenges:
  • HealthTo tackle diseases, strengthen health systems and reach the worlds’ most vulnerable.
  • Clean Energy To provide access to clean energy, including new technologies and the behavioural insights required for successful introduction to developing countries.
  • Sustainable AgricultureTo improve nutrition and food security, support technological innovation, and increase resilience to climate change.
  • Conflict and humanitarian actionNew insights and approaches for preventing conflict and violence, build stability and strengthen humanitarian action.
  • Foundations for Inclusive GrowthTo understand what works best for developing countries to build the foundations for economic development - macroeconomics, institutions, innovation and private sector growth, cities and infrastructure, education systems, jobs and skills.
  • Other potential topics identified include: mass migration and refugee crises and resilient systems.
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