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Now, as the [African] continent prepares to face the new challenges posed by COVID-19, there is an urgency to (...) integrate social scientific research with epidemiological data, local involvement, and an understanding of the socio-cultural context.” 
Africa's Voices Foundation, Department of Politics and International Studies and Department of Computer Science and Technology, "Trusted two-way mass and individual health communications and rapid socio-epidemiological insights to support the COVID-19 Public Health response in Kenya"


Call for Action

Cambridge Global Challenges is working with colleagues from across Cambridge and partners in Official Development Assistance (ODA)-target countries towards the response to COVID-19 in these countries. The SRI offers support to your work as follows:

To join an ongoing project

Please do not hesitate to get in touch ( if we can facilitate your contribution to these ongoing projects.

To propose a new project and invite collaboration from the Cambridge global challenges community

Please join the #low-and-middle-income-countries channel in the "Cambridge Science/Tech Covid19 response" Slack workspace (log in details below) initiated by Professor Pietro Cicuta (Department of Physics). Cambridge Global Challenges and other relevant units from across the University – including Cambridge-Africa, Centre of Latin American Studies and ROO GCRF and Global Health Teams – closely monitor the channel and offer support, where relevant. 

If more appropriate for the case of the project that you would like to initiate, please do not hesitate to get in touch directly with CGC (

To advance your project

Cambridge Global Challenges ( offers support to work addressing challenges faced by Official Development Assistance (ODA)-target countries around partnership-building, research design, preparation of funding applications and research implementation (further details here). 

We are also closely working with the University's team centrally leading the response to COVID-19 – which includes representation from the University' Schools, Strategic Research Initiatives, Interdisciplinary Research Centres, Knowledge Transfer FacilitatorsCUDAR and the Communications Team – around specific project needs (eg: funding, administrative support, publicity, legal/regulatory/IP advice, equipment, laboratory space). Further details about this University internal coordination system – the COVID-19 Academic Initiatives Hub (CAI) – are shared here with Cambridge colleagues.

Please stay in touch ( if there are specific asks beyond those listed here that you would like to bring to the attention of Cambridge Global Challenges and/or of the CAI Hub.. 


"Cambridge Science/Tech Covid19 response" Slack workspace​ log in details

If you have a email address:

If you *do not* have a email address:

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.


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