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MRC Confidence in Concept scheme - Flexible institutional awards for preliminary translational work (deadline: 7th November 2017)

The Confidence in Concept scheme is a key part of MRC’s translational research strategy and provides annual awards of £250k-£1.2m to institutions, to be used flexibly to support the earliest stages of multiple translational research projects. It is intended to accelerate the transition from discovery research to translational development projects by supporting preliminary work or feasibility studies to establish the viability of an approach.

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UK-India Newton-Bhabha Fund joint call on pulses and oilseeds (deadline: 24th October 2017)

The Newton Bhabha Fund uses the UK’s strengths in research and innovation to support greater scientific research capacity in India and build research partnerships between British and India research institutions leading to joint solutions to the challenges facing India in economic development and social welfare. BBSRC and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) announce a call for research into pulses and oilseeds, supported by the Newton-Bhabha Fund and the government of India.

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Restricted call: ESRC Transformative Research call 2017-18 (Cambridge internal deadline: 31st October 2017; EPSRC deadline: 7th November 2017)

The aim of this call is to provide a stimulus for genuinely transformative research ideas at the frontiers of the social sciences, enabling research which challenges current thinking to be supported and developed.

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BBSRC/GCRF Sustainable Agriculture for Sub-Saharan Africa (SASSA) (deadline: 8th November 2017)

BBSRC has announced a call for collaborative proposals to address research challenges relating to the sustainable intensification of agricultural systems in sub-Saharan Africa. This is part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) which requires projects to meet Official Development Assistance criteria alongside their scientific objectives.

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Newton Fund/ BEIS Researcher Links Biodiversity Travel Grants - Latin America (deadline: 20th October 2017)

These grants are funded by the Newton Fund and managed by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) together with partner funders from around the world. They provide financial support for researchers to undertake an international research placement to strengthen links for future collaboration, build research capacity in developing economies, and enhance the researcher's career opportunities.

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Innovate UK/ BBSRC/ EPSRC/ Newton Bhabha UK-India Industrial Waste Challenge 2017 (registration deadline: 11th October 2017; application deadline: 11th October 2017)

Innovate UK, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are investing up to £8 million in projects that use cutting-edge solutions to reduce industrial waste in India, as part of the Newton Bhabha Fund.

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Royal Society International Exchanges Scheme (deadline of different geographically-focused calls: October)

This scheme is for scientists based in the UK (or US for the Kan Tong Po programme) who want to stimulate new collaborations with leading scientists overseas through either a one-off visit or bilateral travel.

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EqUIP call for collaborative research on sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connections (deadline: 30th November 2017)

The EU-India Platform for Social Sciences and Humanities (EqUIP) has announced its first research funding call to bring together social science and humanities funders in India and Europe to support excellent and innovative research on sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connections. The emphasis of the research will be on Indian and European dimensions, in both contemporary and historical contexts.

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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.


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