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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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Scientists study how environmental and social change affects the spread of infection

Mar 14, 2018

MRC-funded research is shedding light on how change in our natural, physical and social environments through globalisation, urbanisation, deforestation, changing food production and lifestyles may be inadvertently altering the patterns of disease spread.

Cambridge and Indian partners launch collaboration to transform India’s "Green Revolution”

Feb 25, 2018

Researchers met in New Delhi today to formalise the launch of a programme that aims to jointly address some of India’s most pressing food security challenges.

The new TIG2RESS website is now live

Feb 15, 2018

Led by Professor Howard Griffiths in the Department of Plant Sciences, TIGR2ESS will define the requirements for a second Green Revolution in India, set the necessary policy agenda, and engage an extensive network of academic stakeholders, NGOs and industrial partnerships to deliver the requirements for it to become a reality.

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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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