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International Development Research @ Cambridge


University of Cambridge research projects supported by:

  • UKRI GCRF can be found here

  • GCRF Global Impact Acceleration Account can be found here

  • Research England GCRF can be found here

  • Newton Fund can be found here


Other projects:

Please contact the Programme Manager (Sara Serradas Duarte, if you would like to add your ongoing research and recent publications with relevance to global challenges faced by Official Development Assistance-target countries.

COMPASS (Comprehensive Capacity-Building in Eastern Neighbourhood and Central Asia: research integration, impact governance and sustainable communities)

UKRI GCRF-funded COMPASS seeks to establish ‘ regional hubs of excellence ’ at the top-level HEIs in Eastern Neighbourhood and Central Asia to enable them to become our lead research partners and ‘nodes of excellence’ for knowledge production and transfer across the region and beyond.

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BUGALERT: Pest and Disease Monitoring in Greenhouses with Raspberry-Pi Network

Sub-Saharan Africa depends heavily on agriculture, providing 80% of income. Greenhouses are important means to protect crops from pests and diseases. BUGALERT project develops a smart and inexpensive pest/disease monitoring solution using image recognition to readily pick up pest and disease infestation and alert the farmers.

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Projects supported by the Seed-Funding Competition on Malnutrition in Developing Countries

The programme on Nutrition challenges in developing countries co-delivered by Cambridge Global Challenges and Cambridge Global Food Security IRC seed-funded three research projects jointly proposed by members of the Cambridge global challenges community and researchers from Bahir Dar University (Ethiopia) , the Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies (India) and Banaras Hindu University (India) .

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Borysiewicz Biomedical Sciences Fellowship – First Year Projects

Delivered by the Office for Postdoctoral Affairs (OpDA), the Borysiewicz Biomedical Sciences Fellowships take outstanding Cambridge postdocs and develop them into motivated, strategic future leaders ready to pursue a range of global questions and problems. In the first year, Fellows spend time in small groups, pursuing a Global Challenge in collaboration with mentors and experts from industry, enterprise, policy, government and academia leading to a tangible output.

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Welcome to Cambridge Global Challenges

Cambridge Global Challenges is the Strategic Research Initiative 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 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):​