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Global Impact Accelerator Accounts

We are providing further funding to increase international development impact activities through Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Global Impact Accelerator Accounts (GIAAs). The GIAAs are block awards made to Research Organisations (ROs) to accelerate the impact of previously or currently funded GCRF (and other UKRI Official Development Assistance ODA) research.

We have funded 24 ROs who have large existing GCRF portfolios to apply. The GIAAs began on the 1st October 2018 and will be 6 months in duration.

UKRI are particularly keen for the GIAAs to be used to support:

  • Business innovation
  • Policy and practice innovation
  • Capacity building to support innovation in Low and Middle Income Countries

The GCRF GIAAs are expected to build upon existing UKRI funding, delivering and accelerating interdisciplinary impacts in developing countries. Eligible organisations are expected to draw on their existing GCRF portfolio and other UKRI ODA funding, such as the Newton Fund. Where appropriate, organisations are also encouraged to build on research which does not currently have an ODA focus, yet has potential to deliver impact within developing countries. This will allow organisations to broaden existing ODA portfolios and develop development impact from previous non-ODA funding.

Key areas

Funding will be used flexibly and rapidly to support the following common Research Council IAA key areas:

  • strengthening user engagement
  • strengthening the exchange of knowledge through culture change and capability development, including through the development of skills for knowledge exchange activity
  • supporting new, innovative and imaginative approaches to knowledge exchange and impact
  • supporting activities that enable impact to be achieved in an effective and timely manner
  • supporting knowledge exchange – including at early stages of progressing research outputs and outcomes to the point when they can be supported by other funding

In addition to these common UKRI key areas, GCRF GIAAs will also support the following:

  • Generate knowledge and good practice with researchers and user communities in DAC list countries to understand research and innovation needs and realise their own impacts
  • Enhance impacts from existing UKRI ODA investments and enable ROs to align current research activities towards ODA aims
  • Boosting impacts within lower income countries
  • Encouraging development impacts with an interdisciplinary dimension.


This was an invite-only call where eligible organisations were required to complete a GCRF GIAA Business Plan.

Further information can be found in the full call text and guidance notes below.

Key dates

24th September 18

Business Plans submitted

1st October 18

Awards start

31st March 19

Awards end

By end June 19

Final expenditure statement 

By end June 19

End of funding report

Institutions and funding


 Total funding (100% FEC)

University of Oxford


London Sch of Hygiene and Trop Medicine


University of Glasgow


University of Edinburgh


Imperial College London


University of Bristol


University of Birmingham


University of Cambridge


University of Leeds


Queen's University of Belfast


London School of Economics & Pol Sci


University of York


University of Leicester


University of Liverpool


University of Southampton


The University of Manchester


University College London


University of Reading


Durham University


King's College London


University of Sheffield


University of Exeter


University of Nottingham


Lancaster University



For any questions or further information please email gcrf@rcuk.ac.uk.