The GCRF is a five-year programme between 2016 and 2021, with some programmes continuing into 2024. Funding has been allocated to hundreds of projects, including:
- low-cost tools for assessing dementia in low-to-middle income countries
- a global network for addressing neglected tropical diseases
using traditional culture and art to promote democracy in Sri Lanka
- sustainability in the Costa Rican dairy sector
- taking electricity to low-income areas in Rwanda
- use of groundwater to build community resilience in Nigeria
View all UKRI projects supported by the GCRF.
We also supported major programmes that address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals including interdisciplinary research hubs, a partnership programme with African universities, and a programme to grow research capability between institutions in the developing world and the UK.
Interdisciplinary research hubs
We awarded between £8 million and £15 million each over five years to 12 interdisciplinary research hubs working across a range of development challenges.
The hubs bring together researchers, governments, international agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and community groups in developing countries and the UK. They share knowledge and expertise on innovative and sustainable solutions to help make the world safer, healthier and more prosperous.
The hubs include 400 unique partner organisations in 85 countries and 550 researchers from a range of disciplines addressing 16 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
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African Research Universities Alliance partnership
We have a partnership with the African Research Universities Alliance to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals by strengthening UK-Africa research collaborations and improving research capacity in the UK and Africa.
The partnership aims to:
- build significant capacity for science and research across African universities
- provide opportunities for African research teams and GCRF grant holders to jointly create projects that build on current investments
- build collaborations that strengthen capacity for research, innovation and knowledge exchange in both the UK and developing countries
The partnership is supporting 13 African Research Universities Alliance centres of excellence with up to £600,000 each over three years to build research capacity.
Four research projects are also receiving up to £2 million each over three years for work in food security, pollution and water resource management, conflict-prevention and peacebuilding, and the impacts of climate change.
Growing research capacity
We invested up to £225 million in 37 projects to grow research capacity around the globe.
The aim was to strengthen and broaden skills and expertise to address specific challenges of developing regions and countries, and to generate long-lasting partnerships, ideas and knowledge.
The programme involved 69 partner countries, and each collaboration was between institutions in developing countries and in the UK.
Find out more about all these collaborations in our publication Growing research capability to meet the challenges faced by developing countries
GCRF Collective Programme
The GRCF Collective Programme was made up of over 140 projects across 18 funding opportunities. It was designed to enhance the overall impact across UKRI’s six strategic GCRF portfolios in:
- global health
- sustainable cities
- food systems
This research is contributing to realising the ambitions of the UK government’s aid strategy and progressing the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Find out more in our publication GCRF Collective Programme: Strengthening global partnerships for sustainable development.