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Global Challenges Initiative

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

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Responsive Calls

Hamied Visiting Fellowship

The Cambridge–Hamied Visiting Lecture Scheme was established in 2009 to stimulate exchange of ideas and academic collaboration between leading Indian institutions and the University of Cambridge. The scheme is named after Dr Yusuf Hamied, Chairman of Cipla Ltd, India, and alumnus of the Department of Chemistry and Christ's College, University of Cambridge.

Internal funding opportunity: Support for Preparation of Large Cross-School Research Funding Bids

Cross-disciplinary research themes and funding calls, often addressing global challenges through large-scale collaborative efforts, are an increasing part of the research and funding landscape. In responding to such calls, complex and high-value proposals often need to be put together within a short timeframe and in an increasingly competitive environment.

Royal Society's Newton Mobility Grants

The Royal Society offers Newton International Exchanges as mobility grants to provide international researchers with funding towards travel, subsistence and research expenses for either a one-off short visit to explore opportunities for building lasting networks or for bilateral visits to strengthen emerging collaborations.

Royal Society/Newton Fund country-based funding opportunities

Currently available opportunities to UK scientists with Royal Society's Newton Fund partners overseas.

Digital Impact Grants

Launched in 2016 with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Digital Impact Grants support research and innovation to strengthen the safe, ethical, and effective use of digital resources in civil society. A total funding pool of $200,000 is set aside for 2017 grants and it is anticipated making between 5 and 15 grants, although number and size will depend on the applicant pool.

Global Innovation Fund

The Global Innovation Fund (GIF) is a collaboration between Department of International Development (DFID), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Omidyar Network, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia (DFAT). This unique hybrid investment fund was launched at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meetings in 2014 and supports the piloting, rigorous testing, and scaling of innovations targeted at improving the lives of the poorest people in developing countries.

AHRC Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement

The scheme aims to encourage and facilitate a range of interactions and creative engagements between arts and humanities research and a variety of user communities including business and commercial, third sector and heritage sector, public policy, voluntary and community groups and the general public.

BBSRC: International Travel Award Scheme (deadline: 6 weeks prior to travel)

The ITAS offers short-term travel support (no more than £3,000) to BBSRC-funded scientists, allowing them to initiate collaborations or visit specific facilities. The deadline for application is six weeks prior to departure for the trip.

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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