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Global Challenges Initiative

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

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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.

Royal SocietyGlobal Challenges Research FundThe programme will provide 15 programme grants of up to £500,000 over three years. The grants will be awarded across the broad areas of the Global Challenges Research Fund.  We will particularly welcome applications in global challenge areas discussed at the Commonwealth Science Conference (Low Carbon Energy, Infectious Diseases and Oceans).  

Proposals for these schemes must fall within the remit of the Royal Society: life and physical sciences, including engineering but excluding clinical medicine. They must also address research questions or problems relevant to the following Global Challenge themes:

Equitable Access to Sustainable Development, such as:

  • Secure and resilient food systems supported by sustainable marine resources and agriculture
  • Sustainable health and well being
  • Inclusive and equitable quality education
  • Clean air, water and sanitation
  • Affordable, reliable, sustainable energy

Sustainable Economies and Societies, such as:

  • Sustainable livelihoods supported by strong foundations for inclusive economic growth and innovation
  • Resilience and action on short-term environmental shocks and long-term environmental change
  • Sustainable cities and communities
  • Sustainable production and consumption of materials and other resources

Human Rights, Good Governance and Social Justice, such as:

  • Understand and respond effectively to forced displacement and multiple refugee crises
  • Reduce conflict and promote peace, justice and humanitarian action
  • Reduce poverty and inequality, including gender inequalities

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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.


Find out about open funding opportunities, pre-call announcements, responsive calls, studentships and awards relevant to the global challenges agenda.

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