GCRF Global Engagement Networks

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a five-year £1.5 billion fund and a key component in the delivery of the 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.

As part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), UK Research and Innovation invites proposals for community building networks focused around research challenges within the six strategic GCRF Challenge portfolios:

  • Cities and Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Education
  • Food Systems
  • Global Health
  • Resilience to Environmental Shocks and Change
  • Security Protracted Conflict, Refugee Crises and Forced Displacement

Up to £150,000 is available per network, over a 2 year period. These funds are to support running costs, events and activities.

The Network Director (Principal Investigator) for each Network must be an academic based at an eligible research organisation in a country on the OECD DAC list.

There will be a 2 stage application process: an initial mandatory outline stage will be assessed for eligibility and relevance and fit to the call; successful applications will be invited to submit a full application, which will be assessed by an external expert review panel.

Outline applications must be submitted through smart survey: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/UKRI-GCRF-GENetworks/ by 16:00 British Summer Time on 11th October 2018. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Documents and guidance

Further information


For further information please email gcrf@rcuk.ac.uk, or contact Alexandra Spittle on 01793 444011.