Global Challenges Research Fund


Strategic advisory group

The Global Challenges Research Fund strategic advisory group advises on the strategic development and delivery of the fund.

Members use their knowledge and networks to advise on:

  • a strategic research agenda and prioritisation of challenge topics
  • the effectiveness of UKRI and our delivery partners’ strategies and mechanisms including new mechanisms to fill gaps
  • integration of official development assistance (ODA) and non-ODA challenge research
  • allocation of research funding
  • engagement with our stakeholder communities.

Its diverse membership is drawn from academia, government, business and other stakeholders. Members represent a broad range of disciplines and have an international or global perspective.

The members are:

  • Dame Judith Macgregor, Chair
  • Professor Apala Majumdar, University of Strathclyde
  • Professor Michael Templeton, Imperial College London
  • Professor Francisca Mutapi, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Nitya Rao, University of East Anglia
  • Mr Ben Ramalingam, UK Humanitarian Innovation Hub
  • Professor João Porto de Albuquerque, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Mahesh Nirmalan, The University of Manchester
  • Dr Keith Hyams, University of Warwick
  • Professor Michael English, University of Oxford
  • Professor Uma Kambhampati, University of Reading
  • Professor Paulo Artaxo, University of São Paulo
  • Professor Pamela Abbott, University of Aberdeen
  • Dr Joanes Atela, African Centre for Technology Studies

Members must act within the seven principles of public life and provide independent, informed advice, avoiding conflicts of interest.

Last updated: 13 October 2021

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