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Global Challenges Initiative

The Cambridge Strategic Research Initiative for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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The Global Challenges Initiative (GCI) is run by a Directorate and governed by an Advisory Board 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.

GCI 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 Group: Jeremy Baumberg, Alan Blackwell, Carol Brayne, David Good, Robert Doubleday, David Dunne, Shailaja Fennell, Richard Fenner, Richard Friend, Simon Goldhill, Howard Griffiths, Tim Minshall, Sharath Srinivasan, Koen Steemers, Bhaskar Vira, John Clarkson, Erwin Reisner, Pauline Rose, Clare Grey

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.

The Global Challenges Initiative 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.


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

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