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The Sandpit aims to bring together Graduate and Early Career Researchers in Cambridge to form small inter-disciplinary teams to generate and develop new technology-based ideas that could provide effective and affordable solutions to challenges faced in the developing world.

Winning teams of the competition sandpit will be awarded bursaries to undertake field trips to develop and test their ideas in real developing world situations.

Applicants with different research backgrounds, including those with and without experience of working in the developing world, are encouraged to apply. Project ideas that have already been field-tested will not be eligible.


Please find further information here and apply by completing the application form and submitting a CV (max. 2 pages) to

The Sandpit is facilitated by the Centre for Global Equality (GCI's implementation arm) and co-organized by the Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability and Smart Villages.

Cambridge Global Challenges 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.

Funding Opportunities

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