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International Development Research @ Cambridge


The US Agency for International Development, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and Grand Challenges Canada, under their humanitarian grand challenge, will invite applications for their grand challenge on creating hope in conflict. The next call is expected to open in early 2019.

This supports life-saving or life-improving innovation to help the most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach people impacted by humanitarian crises caused by conflict. The innovations will engage the private sector and involve input from affected communities to provide, supply or locally generate clean water and sanitation, energy, life-saving information, or health supplies and services the help conflict-affected people.


Social enterprises and other recognised institutions, including non-profit organisations and companies, that are formed and legally incorporated may apply.

Level of funding

10-15 awards of seed funding worth up to CAD 250,000 per project for a period of 24 months.  At the end of the seed funding stage, innovations may be invited to the transition-to-scale funding track. 


Further information will be published as it becomes available.

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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