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Cambridge Global Challenges


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

CGC was co-founded by University of Cambridge researchers and by the Centre for Global Equality (CGE). The partnership with CGE facilitates access to relevant civil society practitioners in the developing world, and mechanisms for the R&D and diffusion processes often required to ensure that research achieves the intended impact, but that are beyond the academic remit.

We support researchers working on global challenges and the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the following ways:

  • Facilitation of dialogue and the co-creation of research agenda with research partners and end-users in the developing world;
  • Support of interdisciplinary collaboration between science, technology and medical researchers and those in the arts, humanities and social sciences;
  • Enhancement of the contribution of early career researchers to the formulation and implementation of challenge-led research on the SDGs;
  • Facilitating the evolution of cross-disciplinary research agendas on the SDGs leading to the successful submission of substantial funding bids;
  • Development of protocols for ‘impact chains’ connecting research design to implementation.

The Cambridge Global Challenges initiative actively supports SDG- and global challenge-related activities undertaken by partner initiatives across the University. Presently we are collaborating with the Synthetic Biology SRI on rapid diagnostics and frugal biotechnology in Africa, with Cambridge Global Food Security on enhancing sustainable food supplies in India, and with ideaSpace’s innovationLabs on Infrastructure for Fair Global Societies. We are planning future collaborations with PublicHealth@Cambridge, the Digital Humanities Network, Energy@Cambridge, the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP), Cambridge Africa and the Nano Doctoral Training Centre.

Cambridge Global Challenges is led by an Executive Committee and Advisory Group of University of Cambridge academics, supported by the Centre for Global Equality, a Cambridge-based civil society organisation that shares the Initiative’s vision.


Cambridge Global Challenges 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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