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Cambridge Global Challenges


The Cambridge Global Challenges initiative (CGC) is run by a Directorate and governed by an Advisory Council of University of Cambridge Senior Academics. Over 200 researchers from across the University  working in physical and biological sciences, engineering and technology, business, law and medicine, and the arts, humanities and social sciences – participate in the Global Challenges Initiative.

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.

  • Directorate: Alan Blackwell (Director of Research), David Good (Director of Research), Lara Allen (Director of Implementation and Impact), Sara Serradas Duarte (Coordinator)
  • Advisory Council: Robert Doubleday, John Clarkson, Clare Grey, Richard Fenner, Richard Friend, Simon Goldhill, Tim Minshall, Koen Steemers, Erwin Reisner, Pauline Rose, Bhaskar Vira.

While our research agendas are led by senior academics, we are particularly committed to enabling the active participation of doctoral candidates and early career researchers. If you would like to join, please register here.

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.

Funding Opportunities

Find out about open funding opportunities, pre-call announcements, responsive calls, studentships and awards relevant to the global...