Interdisciplinary Research Hubs to address intractable challenges faced by developing countries

Now more than ever the world is facing challenges that need a collective response. Recognising this, the GCRF Interdisciplinary Research Hub call (launched in 2017) asked for transformative research approaches to address intractable challenges. Following a highly competitive call for proposals, UK Research and Innovation has awarded 12 global interdisciplinary research Hubs representing a broad range of development challenges.

Working in partnership with researchers, governments, international agencies, NGOs and community groups in developing countries, these Hubs will share knowledge and expertise to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to help make the world safer, healthier and more prosperous.

Key figures

  • 12 Interdisciplinary Research Hubs
  • 16 United National Sustainable Development Goals addressed
  • Partners from 85 countries across the globe*
  • 550 researchers from a wide range of disciplines*
  • 400 unique partner organisations*
  • Over £200 million investment from the UK Government over 5 years*

* Accurate at the time of application

 

Each Hub will receive between £13 million and £20 million (100% full economic cost) over a five-year period starting on 13 February 2019. View information about each programme and its partners (PDF, 2.4MB).

UKRI GCRF Accelerating Achievement for Africa's Adolescents Hub
Principal Investigator: Professor Lucie Cluver
Lead organisation: University of Oxford
Geographical focus: Central Africa; East Africa; North Africa; Southern Africa; West Africa
Contact: Maria Michalopoulou

UKRI GCRF Accountability for Informal Urban Equity Hub
Principal Investigator: Professor Sally Theobald
Lead organisation: Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Geographical focus: East Africa; West Africa; South-Central Asia
Contact: Dr Rachel Tolhurst

UKRI GCRF Action Against Stunting
Principal Investigator: Professor Claire Heffernan
Lead organisation: London International Development Centre and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Geographical focus: West Africa; South-Central Asia; South-East Asia
Contact: Professor Claire Heffernan

UKRI GCRF Gender, Justice and Security Hub
Principal Investigator: Professor Christine Chinkin
Lead organisation: London School of Economics and Political Science
Geographical focus: South America; West Africa; East Africa; Middle East; South-Central Asia; South-East Asia
Contact: Zoe Gillard

UKRI GCRF Living Deltas Hub
Principal Investigator: Dr Andrew Large
Lead organisation: Newcastle University
Geographical focus: Eastern Asia; South-Central Asia
Contact: Dr Andrew Large

UKRI GCRF One Health Poultry Hub
Principal Investigator: Professor Fiona Tomley
Lead organisation: Royal Veterinary College
Geographical focus: South-Central Asia; South-East Asia
Contact: Professor Fiona Tomley

UKRI GCRF One Ocean Hub
Principal Investigator: Dr Elisa Morgera
Lead organisation: University of Strathclyde
Geographical focus: Caribbean; East Africa; West Africa; Southern Africa; Oceania
Contact: Dr Elisa Morgera

UKRI GCRF South Asian Nitrogen Hub
Principal Investigator: Professor Mark Sutton
Lead organisation: NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
Geographical focus: South-Central Asia
Contact: Dr Clare Howard

UKRI GCRF South-South Migration, Inequality and Development Hub
Principal Investigator: Professor Heaven Crawley
Lead organisation: Coventry University
Geographical focus: South America; Caribbean; East Africa; North Africa; Southern Africa; West Africa; Middle East; Eastern Asia; South-Central Asia; South-East Asia
Contact: Professor Heaven Crawley

UKRI GCRF Trade, Development and the Environment Hub
Principal Investigator: Professor Neil Burgess
Lead organisation: UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre
Geographical focus: South America; Central Africa; East Africa; West Africa; Eastern Asia; South-East Asia
Contact: Professor Neil Burgess

UKRI GCRF Urban Disaster Risk Hub
Principal Investigator: Professor John McCloskey
Lead organisation: University of Edinburgh
Geographical focus: South America; East Africa; South-Central Asia
Contact: Professor John McCloskey

UKRI GCRF Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub
Principal Investigator: Professor Richard Dawson
Lead organisation: Newcastle University
Geographical focus: South America; East Africa; South-Central Asia; South-East Asia
Contact: Professor Richard Dawson

Outline stage

Information about the outline stage of this call can be found below:

The outline call text and guidance documents are available (as a combined PDF). (PDF, 2.3MB)

Full stage

Information about the full stage of this call can be found below:

The full call text and guidance documents (PDF, 1.5MB) are available (as a combined PDF).

Contact

For further information please email GCRF Hubs, or contact Sian Rowland on 01793 444014.