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Global Challenges Initiative

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

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Pre-Call Announcements

ESRC/GCRF calls (call opening October/November 2017)

The ESRC has pre-announced the commissioning of four new calls under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). The calls will focus on the areas of mental health, education and skills, decent work and transitions towards sustainable and inclusive societies.

Second round of Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund engagement begins (second wave of challenges will be announced towards the end of 2017)

Detailed analysis of potential new ISCF challenges in targeted round of deep dive workshops. Following the announcement of the first challenges that will be supported by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the Knowledge Transfer Network is now asking for expert advice on what other areas could benefit from support.

RCUK UK-China Antimicrobial Resistance Centre Partnerships Initiative (call opening early 2018)

Research Councils UK (RCUK), the strategic partnership of the UK's seven Research Councils and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) are pleased to announce they will shortly be launching the UK-China Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Centre Partnerships Initiative under the umbrella of the Newton Fund. The call for proposals will be launched early in 2018, with a deadline for applications in the autumn, and projects commencing in early 2019.

ESRC Centres Competition 2018 (call opens in November 2017; deadline for outline proposals: March 2018)

In November 2017 the Economic and SOcial Research Council will be announcing an open competition for research centres. There will be no priority areas for this call. We would welcome applications of excellent quality in any area of social science within ESRC's remit.

Royal Society - Resilient Futures Challenge Grants (call opening end 2017/early 2018)

The Royal Society is working with its sister Academies in the UK to launch an interdisciplinary challenge led research programme funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund. The programme will bring together research groups from the UK and countries on the OECD DAC list to address specific global challenges around the theme of resilience and sustainability.

NERC'sDoctoral Training Partnership investment (DTP2) (launch: January 2018)

NERC will commission its second round of Doctoral Training Partnership investment (DTP2) through a fully open competitive call, to be launched in January 2018.

The Global Challenges Initiative 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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