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Cambridge Global Challenges


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.


The purpose of this call is to

  • advance interdisciplinary research across the agriculture - food - nutrition - health pathway to sustainably deliver more nutritious foods to improve physical and cognitive health across the lifecourse in developing countries
  • enhance the nutritional content and bioavailability of nutrients in a diverse range of culturally appropriate foods
  • determine the impact on human health outcomes.


Proposals must be led by UK researchers normally eligible for BBSRC funding, and partnerships with eligible Co-Investigators based in any of the DAC countries listed in the downloads section are strongly recommended. As well as being scientifically excellent, research supported under it must meet the criteria for classification of expenditure as Official Development Assistance (ODA).

Project scale and duration

Up to £6.9 million is available, subject to the quality of proposals received. Total requested costs should not exceed £2 million (at 100% FEC). Funds can be requested for up to two years. Projects must start on 1 April 2019 and are expected to be completed by 31 March 2021.


For further details and guidance for applicants please see the BBSRC website.

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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