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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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Deadline extended - Newton Fund Regional Latin America Biodiversity Programme

Oct 11, 2017

The British Council have extended the deadline to 16:00 BST on 20 October 2017.

Global challenges fund needs focus, review says

Oct 03, 2017

The cross-government Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) has the potential to help address major global development challenges, but risks being spread too thinly to achieve transformative results, a new Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) review has found.

Most countries lagging on health SDGs

Sep 29, 2017

Scientists warn that unless significant political and financial investments are made, many countries will not meet the health-related UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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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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