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International Development Research @ Cambridge


Cambridge Global Challenges (CGC) is the Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to fulfil its mission to contribute to society with a particular focus on the poorest half of the world’s population. 


CGC was founded by Cambridge reearchers and by the Centre for Global Equality – an implementation partner based in Cambridge  and adopts the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – a blueprint set by the United Nations to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all by 2030. 

The intertwined nature of the SDGs reflects how challenges in developing world contexts do not happen and cannot be addressed in silos. CGC currently involves over 400 researchers from across the University of Cambridge and their research and implementation collaborators. Participants addressing SDGs come from the physical and biological sciences, engineering and technology, business, law and medicine, and the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Cambridge Global Challenges supports interdisciplinary research that combines existing expertise hubs across the University of Cambridge – namely its Strategic Research Networks, Strategic Research Initiatives and Interdisciplinary Research Centres – and convenes new key thematic areas to which the University can contribute. For instance, we are facilitating work with the Synthetic Biology IRC and the CamBridgeSens SRN on smart imaging-oriented solutions to challenges faced by ODA-target countries, with the Cambridge Global Food Security IRC on malnutrition, and with the Energy@Cam IRC on sustainable energy conservation systems. Other collaborators include PublicHealth @ Cambridge SRN, the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute, the Digital Humanities Network, the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP), Cambridge-Africa, the Nano Doctoral Training Centre and ideaSpace

CGC works with implementation partners for the research-for-development projects that it facilitates and supports. These partners deliver the key R&D diffusion processes required for academic research to achieve its intended impact in developing countries.


  • If you would like to join the Cambridge Global Challenges Strategic Research Initiative, please register here.
  • Learn more about how Cambridge Global Challenges supports Cambridge researchers working on global challenges and towards the achievement of the SDGs by 2030 here.
  • Information about other funding facilitation processes, operational mechanisms and policy for ODA-remit work by University of Cambridge researchers is available here.



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.


Join the Strategic Research Initiative

Register to Cambridge Global Challenges and to the SRI's mailing list here.


Learn about the support we provide 

Information on how Cambridge Global Challenges can support your research is shared here.


Contact us

Programme Manager (Sara Serradas Duarte):​