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International Development Research @ Cambridge


Support offered to the Cambridge Global Challenges community contributing to the SDGs in Official Development Assistance-target countries

Cambridge Global Challenges advances the contribution of University of Cambridge's research in addressing challenges faced by communities in Official Development Assistance-target countries by facilitating the four steps listed below.

Please do not hesitate to contact Cambridge Global Challenges ( if we can support your ongoing or future work in any of these four steps.


1) Understand challenges faced by the poorest half of the world's population

Cambridge Global Challenges facilitates the understanding of challenges faced by the poorest half of the world’s population – namely by offering training in methodologies of co-creation that are required for the adequete consideration of these challenges in academic research projects that propose to address them.

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2) Jointly define research questions addressing challenges in ODA-target countries

Cambridge Global Challenges facilitates the dialogue and co-creation between Cambridge researchers and researchers, implementers and end-users in the developing world, for the joint definition of research priorities and collaboration opportunities. We deliver four research-definition programmes.

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3) Obtain funding to enact jointly defined research priorities

Cambridge Global Challenges supports interdisciplinary research that combines existing expertise hubs across the University of Cambridge by facilitating the response to relevant funding calls.

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4) Connect research to implementation in ODA-target countries

Cambridge Global Challenges defines impact chain protocols – R&D diffusion mechanisms and implementation solutions – in developing world contexts.

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Funding facilitation processes, grant operational mechanisms and policy for ODA-remit work at University of Cambridge

Support with research proposal design, preparation of large bids, grant management, due diligence and overseas working policy for ODA-remit work by University of Cambridge researchers.

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Welcome to Cambridge Global Challenges

Cambridge Global Challenges is the Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular focus on the poorest half of the world’s population.


Join the Strategic Research Initiative

Register to Cambridge Global Challenges and to the SRI's mailing list here.


Learn about the support we provide 

Information on how Cambridge Global Challenges can support your research is shared here.


Contribute to Cambridge's response to COVID-19 in the Global South

Join working groups that invite your collaboration, create a new working group and learn about available funding opportunities here.


Contact us

Research Strategy Manager (Dr Sara Serradas O'Holleran):​.