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Cambridge Global Challenges


The councils will have a pivotal role in ensuring the success of UK Research and Innovation, helping it achieve its strategic objectives to be the single, strong voice of UK research and innovation, and building on our world-leading reputation. 

Each Council is led by an Executive Chair who will be supported by a council of between 5 and 12 members. The council members will have a range of expertise and experience in research and innovation across higher education, industry and commerce, policy and/or civil society reflecting different characteristics and professional backgrounds. The exact membership will take into account the specific needs of each council. 

UK Research and Innovation is about to begin recruitment to eight of its new councils and if you have relevant expertise and experience we would like to hear from you.  Each council will be looking to appoint up to 12 new members. Details of these vacancies and how to apply can be found on the websites below:

The UK Research and Innovation Board will appoint members to the councils on merit after considering advice from the relevant Executive Chair. The UK Research and Innovation Board is committed to the principle of public appointment with openness and transparency of process and to providing equal opportunities for all, irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, transgender and working patterns. 

UK Research and Innovation is particularly keen to ensure diversity in membership of its Board and its sub-bodies. Applications from women, those with a disability and members of minority ethnic groups, who are currently under-represented are therefore especially welcome.

An honorarium of £6,850 is paid annually. The closing date for the receipt of applications is 12:00 (midday) on 13 November 2017.


Applications should be made directly to the research councils. If you have any queries, please contact the relevant organisation directly.

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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