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International Development Research @ Cambridge


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.


This is a call for projects which seek to maximise the practical impact of STFC-funded research and innovation to improve the lives and opportunities of the global poor which:

  • address challenges faced by countries on the DAC list through disciplinary and interdisciplinary projects; and
  • strengthen capability for research and innovation in support of economic development and welfare, within both UK and countries on the DAC list.


Lead applicants must be employed within a Research Organisation group previously or currently funded by the STFC core Science Programme (nuclear physics, particle physics & particle astrophysics, astronomy & space science, and accelerators & computing in support of these) or employed within STFC Laboratories/Facilities and must show that the work proposed will develop technologies and expertise directly from this research.

Level of funding

Up to £3m over two years will be available in this call shared among several projects.

Additional conditions

Projects awarded through this call may start on or after 1st April 2019 and must end by 31st March 2021.


For further details please see the call guidance on the STFC 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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