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Global Challenges Initiative

The Cambridge Strategic Research Initiative for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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Collaborations within University of Cambridge

The Global Challenges Initiative is a Strategic Research Initiative currently involving over 200 researchers from across the University of Cambridge. Participants come from the physical and biological sciences, engineering and technology, business, law and medicine, and the arts, humanities and social sciences. We collaborate with other networks and groups whose work engages global challenges. For instance, we are working with the Synthetic Biology at Cambridge SRI on rapid diagnostics and frugal biotechnology in Africa, with the Cambridge Global Food Security SRI on enhancing sustainable food supplies in India, and with ideaSpace’s innovationLabs on Infrastructure for Fair Global Societies. Other collaborations include with the PublicHealth @ Cambridge SRI, the Energy @ Cambridge SRI, the Digital Humanities Network, the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP), Cambridge Africa and the Nano Doctoral Training Centre.

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New Cambridge institute to tackle policy challenges in our age of disruption

Apr 17, 2018

The Bennett Institute for Public Policy will address emerging global patterns of inequality and social unrest by offering a unique combination of deep research, high-level training and effective policy engagement.

The African scientist making enduring connections between Cambridge and Africa

Apr 17, 2018

As a graduate student in Cambridge almost 20 years ago, Pauline Essah asked herself: “Where are the other Africans?” Today she manages the University’s expanding Cambridge-Africa programme. It funds more than 150 collaborative projects in 18 countries across Africa.

RAE Frontiers of Engineering for Development Awards to Cambridge researcher

Apr 12, 2018

Eiko Yoneki, Computer Lab, received a Royal Academy of Engineering Award supporting research of pest and disease monitoring in greenhouses, after the fourth Symposium on the theme of "Agriculture, Data and the Knowledge Economy" in South Africa.

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The Global Challenges Initiative is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.


Find out about open funding opportunities, pre-call announcements, responsive calls, studentships and awards relevant to the global challenges agenda.

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