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The Cambridge Strategic Research Initiative for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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Open Calls

Horizon 2020: European Union funding for research into global and EU challenges (various deadlines)

The Horizon 2020 research and innovation funding programme is targeted at addressing both global and EU challenges. It includes four focus areas, intended to collect different funding calls together to address big-ticket challenges. These focus areas are: building a low-carbon, climate-resilient future, connecting economic and environmental gains (circular economy), digitising and transforming European industry and services, and boosting the effectiveness of the Security Union.

UK Royal Society – Newton Advanced Fellowships 2018

This scheme provides established international researchers with an opportunity to develop the research strengths and capabilities of their research group through training, collaboration and reciprocal visits with a partner in the UK. The skills and knowledge gained should lead to changes in the wellbeing of communities and increased economic benefits.

Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation (RIGHT) - Call 1 (deadline: 1st Aug 2018)

Applications are invited for Call 1 of the new NIHR Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation (RIGHT) programme for delivering challenge-led research that will primarily benefit the health and wealth of the poorest individuals living in low and middle income countries (LMICs).

EPSRC IAA Knowledge Transfer Fellowships (deadline: 3rd August 2018)

Knowledge Transfer Fellowships will aim to transfer knowledge and expertise linked to EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) research between the University and a partner company. The Fellowship will fund a researcher or member of academic staff to undertake a short secondment to a business or other partner organisation.

EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account Partnership Development Awards (deadline: 3rd August 2018)

Pump-priming funding for new research collaborations. The award aims to establish closer working partnerships between researchers and business. Partnership Development Awards will pump-prime collaborations with industry partners.

RS/WT Sir Henry Dale Fellowship - Summer 2018 round (EOI: 7th Aug 2018; full application deadline: 18th Oct 2018)

This joint scheme by the Royal Society (RS) and the Wellcome Trust (WT) supports research ranging from the molecules and cells vital to life and their role in the global spread of disease, to clinical and public health research seeking to improve the quality of healthcare.

WT Open Research Fund Call (deadline: 7th Aug 2018)

The Wellcome Trust (WT) supports researchers to develop and test innovative ways of making health research open, accessible and reusable.

GCRF/Academy of Medical Sciences/RAENG/British Academy/Royal Society Networking Grants (deadline: 8th August 2018)

The scheme allows researchers from across disciplines and from developing countries and the UK to hold networking events, to forge new links and generate innovative transdisciplinary research ideas to address global challenges.

Newton Fund Call for Participants to Researcher Links Workshop: “Advancing work, health and well-being in rural and urban Malaysia” (deadline: 10th Aug 2018)

Applications are invited under the Newton Fund for a workshop taking place 21th to 25th September 2018, Bandar Sunway, Malaysia.

WT/AHPSR Call: Heightening Institutional capacity for Government use of Health Research - HIGH-Res (EOI: 15th Aug 2018; application deadline: 16 Nov 2018)

The Wellcome Trust (WT) and The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR) have partnered to offer a new funding opportunity: Heightening Institutional capacity for Government use of Health Research (HIGH-Res).This award seeks to fund one consortium of research and policy-making institutions in low- and lower-middle-income countries.

AHRC/GCRF Call: Community-Led Strategies for Creative and Heritage-Based Interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa (deadline: 15th August 2018)

Applicants are invited from NGO, University, Research Institutes, Arts or Cultural Organisations, or Social Enterprises working in ODA countries to submit bids which will address how slavery is a core development challenge in sub-Saharan Africa via innovative approaches from the arts and humanities to deliver community-engaged antislavery work.

NERC/Newton Fund/CONCYTEC Call: Peruvian Glacial Retreat and its Impact on Water Security & Resilience to Natural Hazards (deadline: 16th Aug 2018)

Proposals are invited for a new collaborative research programme between NERC and the National Council for Science, Technology & Technological Innovation (CONCYTEC), which aims to provide an improved understanding of the rate of glacial retreat in Peru and the impact of this on water security and natural hazards.

MRC/BBSRC/AHR/ESRC/CONCYTEC Call: Relationship between Food, Nutrition and Health (EOI: 18th Aug 2018)

Several UK research councils and Peru’s Consejo Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Tecnológica (CONCYTEC) jointly invite research proposals to the UK-Peru: Relationship between Food, Nutrition and Health call through the Newton Fund.

DHSC Call: SBRI Competition to address AMR in Humans (deadline: 22nd Aug 2018)

Organisations can apply to develop innovations that address the challenges of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in humans.

MFMC’s Grant Program: Promoting Efforts to Protect the Natural Environment (deadline: 27th August 2018)

The Minor Foundation for Major Challenges (MFMC) is accepting applications from all over the world to fund communication projects which mitigate anthropogenic climate change.

UKAid/CORNTD Call: Operational Research on Access to Morbidity Management & Disability Prevention Services (deadline: 30th Aug 2018)

The Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center (NTD-SC) at The Task Force for Global Health is currently soliciting proposals for operational research aimed at improving access to morbidity management and disability prevention (MMDP).

Darwin Plus: Overseas Territories Environment and Climate Fund, Round 7 (deadline: 3rd Sept 2018)

The Darwin Plus scheme is open for the latest round of applications to fund conservation and environmental projects in UK Overseas Territories. Darwin Plus will deliver on flagship commitments set out in the 25 Year Environment Plan in UK Overseas Territories around the globe.

ERC Advanced Grants (deadline: 30th Aug 2018)

European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements.

GCRF/UKRI-UNDP joint report: How science, research and innovation can best contribute to meeting the SDGs for developing countries (EOI: 31st Aug 2018)

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) invites expressions of interest for a joint team of UK researchers and UNDP policymakers to collect evidence, develop original arguments and compose a major UKRI-UNDP report on how science, research and innovation might most effectively accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for developing countries.

ESRC/Alan Turing Institute joint fellowship (deadline: 5th Sept 2018)

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Alan Turing Institute invite proposals for their joint fellowship. This supports research investigating the application of new digital technologies to the delivery of financial services (fintech).

2018 GBIF Ebbe Nielsen Challenge (deadline: 5th September 2018)

The 2018 Ebbe Nielsen Challenge by the GBIF (the Global Biodiversity Information Facility ) seeks innovative proposals that rely on open biodiversity data or open-source tools to advance open science.

MRC/NIHR/GACD Call: Scaling-up of evidence-based interventions at the population level for the prevention and/or management of hypertension and/or diabetes (deadline: 10th Sept 2018)

The Medical Research Council and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), in partnership with the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) is seeking to generate new knowledge on interventions and their implementation for the prevention or management of hypertension and/or diabetes in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

WT Public Engagement Fund Call for proposals to engage the public with health research (deadline: 11th September 2018)

The Wellcome Trust (WT) is seeking applications for its Public Engagement Fund that enable individuals and organisations to use creative approaches in engaging the public with health research.

BBSRC/GCRF Call: Food & nutrition research for health in the developing world (deadline: 11th Sept 2018)

A call for interdisciplinary, collaborative research proposals to address the challenges spanning the agriculture-nutrition-health interfaces relating to food and nutrition research for health in the developing world.

STFC/GCRF Call: External Innovations & 21st Century Challenges (deadline: 11th Sept)

The Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) invites innovative proposals under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) that seek to improve the lives and opportunities of the global poor.

BA Global Professorships (deadline: 12th Sept 2018)

The British Academy supports up to 10 awards under the UK Government’s National Productivity Investment Fund. It aims to demonstrate and further enhance the UK’s commitment to international research partnerships and collaboration as well as strengthen the UK’s research capacity and capability in the humanities and the social sciences.

InnoVET-AMR Call for proposals: Developing innovative veterinary solutions for the fight against antimicrobial resistance (deadline: 12th September 2018)

Innovative Veterinary Solutions for Antimicrobial Resistance (InnoVet-AMR) seeks proposals for research that will develop innovative veterinary solutions focused on product development to reduce therapeutic and prevent non-therapeutic antimicrobial (AMR) use by farmers in developing countries.

MRC/DFID/NIHR/WT Call: Joint Global Health Trials scheme – call 9 (Outline proposal deadline: 13th Sept 2018; full application deadline: Feb 2019)

The UK Department for International Development (DFID), the UK Medical Research Council (MRC), the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Wellcome are pleased to announce the launch of the ninth call for proposals under this initiative to fund global health trials.

Newton Fund Research Environment Links Grants; UK and Turkey (deadline: 17th Sept 2018)

The Research Environment Links (REL) programme in Turkey aims to support the research and academic environment by international collaboration; training programmes; knowledge exchange and best practice to promote capacity building collaboration shaped by the demands and priorities of Turkey and the UK.

MRC/DFID/NIHR/ESRC Call: Research to improve adolescent health in LMIC settings (deadline: 18th Sept 2018)

The MRC, in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research, the Department for International Development, and the Economic and Social Research Council , is pleased to announce a third call to fund research grants to improve adolescent health in low and middle income countries (LMICs).

BBSRC/GCRF Call: Agri-systems research to enhance livelihoods in developing countries (deadline: 19th Sept 2018)

BBSRC is pleased to announce a call for collaborative proposals to address research challenges relating to the sustainable intensification of agricultural systems in developing countries.

NERC/GCRF Follow-on Fund (deadline: 19th September 2018)

The Natural Environment Research Council NERC is inviting proposals to the Innovation Follow-on Fund call, a 'proof of concept' fund to support the commercialisation of ideas arising from NERC or other research council funded research.

RAENG Research Fellowships and Engineering for Development Research Fellowships (deadline: 24th Sept 2018)

The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAENG) Research Fellowships are designed to promote research excellence in engineering. They provide support for early career post-doctoral researchers and encourage them to become future research leaders in engineering.

RAENG/GCRF/Anglo American Higher Education Partnerships in sub-Saharan Africa (deadline: 27th Sept 2018)

The Higher Education Partnerships in sub-Saharan Africa Programme (HEPSSA) – supported by the Anglo American Group Foundation and the UK Government through the Global Challenges Research Fund – was established by the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2016.

RAENG Research Fellowships and Engineering for Development Research Fellowships (deadline: 24th September

The RAEng Research Fellowships are designed to promote excellence in engineering. They provide support for high-quality engineers and encourage them to develop successful academic research careers.

INT Research Grants, Michaelmas 2018 Call (departmental deadline: 28th Sept 2018; draft application deadline: 5th Oct 2018)

The Isaac Newton Trust (INT) funds projects and procurement for researchers at the University of Cambridge.

STFC/GCRF Call: 21st century challenge networks (deadline: 2nd Oct 2018)

The Science and Technology Facilities Council invites applications for its 21st century challenge networks fund. This supports the creation of new multidisciplinary research communities at the STFC 21st challenge interface.

EDCTP Call: Diagnostic tools for poverty-related diseases (EOI deadline: 11th Oct 2018; full proposal submission by invitation: 21st March 2019)

The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) invites research proposals that address the need for the development and uptake of rapid, accurate, cost-effective, scalable and field-friendly diagnostic tools for the early diagnosis of poverty-related diseases (PRDs) in sub-Saharan Africa.

EDCTP Call: Advances in product development for effective prevention, treatment and management of co-infections and co-morbidities in Sub-Saharan Africa (EOI: 18th Oct 2018; full proposal by invitation: 28th March 2019)

The purpose of this call by the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) is to support actions that lead to improvements in the prevention, treatment and/or clinical management of co-infections and co-morbidities in sub-Saharan Africa, including at least one poverty-related disease (PRD).

EDCTP Call: Strategic action for overcoming drug resistance in malaria (deadline: 30th Oct 2018)

The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) wishes to support one large-scale strategic action (clinical research activities) that is part of a bigger portfolio of clinical trials with the capacity to develop new and diverse antimalarial drugs, including combination therapies that may be used for treatment or chemoprevention of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa.

ESRC/Joint Nordic-UK Research Programme on Migration and Integration (deadline: 15th Nov 2018)

NordForsk, the Academy of Finland, the Swedish Research Council, Forte of Sweden, the Research Council of Norway, The Icelandic Centre for Research, Rannis, and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are issuing a call for proposals for research projects under the Joint Nordic-UK Research Programme on Migration and Integration.

MRC/GCRF Call Global Mental Health (deadline: 6th November 2018)

The purpose of the call is to address the growing global burden of mental health problems and will support programmatic awards in global mental health with a focus on the aetiology and epidemiology of mental health and illness relevant to low and middle income countries (LMIC).

Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorships (deadline: 11th Oct 2018)

Awarded to UK institutions that wish to invite an eminent researcher from overseas for an extended stay in the UK to enhance the knowledge and skills of academic staff or the student body within the host institution.

EDCTP Call: Capacity development to facilitate delivery and uptake of new or improved medical interventions in African health systems (deadline: 11th Oct 2018)

The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) invites proposals that remedy weaknesses in the health systems in poverty-related diseases (PRDs) endemic areas in sub-Saharan Africa which are detrimental to delivery and uptake of new or improved medical interventions.

EDCTP Call: Vaccines for diarrhoeal diseases or lower respiratory tract infections (deadline: 30th Oct 2018)

This Call for Proposals will support clinical trials that can accelerate the development of vaccines for diarrhoeal infections and lower respiratory tract infections in sub-Saharan Africa.

RSE/BBSRC/STFC Call: Enterprise Fellowships (deadline: 31st Oct 2018)

Royal Society of Scotland (RSE) Enterprise Fellowships enable promising science and technology researchers to develop into successful entrepreneurs.

EDCTP Call: Strategic action for the comparison, selection and development of malaria vaccine candidates (deadline: 1st Nov 2018)

Support for one large scale clinical trial to develop new and more effective second generation vaccines superior to the recently licenced malaria vaccine for human use (RTS,S).

AHRC/GCRF/GRNPP Call: Parliaments and People in Myanmar and Ethiopia Second Round (deadline: 30th Sept 2018)

The Global Research Network on Parliaments and People (GRNPP) is offering grants to support innovative, interdisciplinary research into the relationship between Parliaments, elected politicians and people in Ethiopia and Myanmar.

Newton Researcher Links Workshop: The roadmap to echinococcosis control in Peru: review and synthesis of the evidence (application deadline: 23rd July)

Under the Researcher Links scheme offered within the Newton Fund, the British Council and the Peruvian Council for Science and Technology (CONCYTEC) will be holding a workshop on the theme of echinococcosis control in Lima (Peru) on 16-19 October 2018.

ESRC-AHRC Call: UK-Japan SSH Connections grants (deadline: 27th Sept 2018)

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) are pleased to invite applications for the UK-Japan Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Connections grants, aimed at fostering the development of long-term relationships with Japanese researchers in the field of social sciences and humanities (SSH).

BA Call: Knowledge Frontiers, International Interdisciplinary Research Projects (deadline: 3rd Oct 2018)

The British Academy (BA) is inviting proposals from UK-based researchers across all disciplines within the social sciences and humanities to develop international interdisciplinary research projects with development impact, in collaboration with colleagues from the natural, engineering and/or medical sciences.

BA Call: The Humanities and Social Sciences Tackling the UK's International Challenges (deadline: 3rd Oct 2018)

The British Academy (BA) is inviting proposals from UK-based researchers in the humanities and social sciences to develop interdisciplinary projects which bear on our understanding of the UK’s international challenges and opportunities (past, present and future).

NGS/Microsoft Call: AI for Earth. Artificial intelligence tools for a more sustainable planet (deadline: 8th Oct 2018)

The National Geographic Society (NGS) and Microsoft’s AI for Earth program are partnering to support the exploration of how AI can help us understand, engage, and protect the planet.

BA Newton Mobility Grants for China, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey, Thailand (deadline: 5th Sept 2018)

British Academy (BA) Newton Mobility Grants provide support for international researchers based in a country covered by the Newton Fund to establish and develop collaboration with UK researchers around a specific jointly defined research project.

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.


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