The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges 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
GCRF is administered through delivery partners including the Research Councils and national academies.
GCRF forms part of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment, which is monitored by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). ODA-funded activity focuses on outcomes that promote the long-term sustainable growth of countries on the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list. GCRF funding will be awarded in a manner that fits with Official ODA guidelines.