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International Development Research @ Cambridge


Collaborative Awards promote the development of new ideas and bring disciplines together to speed the pace of discovery. This scheme funds teams who are tackling major health-related questions in the humanities and social sciences that require a collaborative approach.


This Wellcome Trust award aims to support large collaborative research projects of teams with outstanding research track records (usually 2-6 PI/Co-Is with track record of collaboration). Funding is available for anything that a team might require in terms of research expenses and support.


Research teams from the  UK, Republic of Ireland, Low-or middle-income countries.

You can apply for a Collaborative Award if you have a team of two to six principal applicants. Each applicant should have a good track record in their area of research, relative to their career stage. They can be from the same university department or a number of organisations (anywhere in the world).

Important factors when we evaluate your application are:

  • the environment in which you do your research
  • the support your host organisation provides
  • the time you'll spend on the Collaborative Award, and how it fits in with your other academic commitments.

Level of funding

Up to £1.5 million, up to 5 years


For more information please see the Wellcome Trust website.

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.


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


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.


Contact us

Research Strategy Manager (Dr Sara Serradas Duarte):​.