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Global Challenges Research Fund

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries.


GCRF Funding Allocations

In 2020-21 we are distributing £13,216,359 of formula GCRF to Scottish universities.

See SFC announcement Global Challenges Research Funding allocations FY 2020-21.

GCRF Strategies

Scottish universities have 3 year strategies in place for their GCRF funding, covering the period 2018-19 to 2020-21. Universities report annually to SFC on the progress of these strategies:

Annual Sector GCRF meeting

SFC and Universities Scotland hosted a sector meeting on GCRF in October 2019. This was to encourage institutional collaboration and share practice on issues such as Ethics, Due Diligence and Safeguarding.


Gender Equality

Addressing gender inequalities is an important aspect of international development research, and Gender Equality Statements are now required for all GCRF / Newton Fund project applications.

This GCRF Gender Equality Statement Toolkit [PDF]  (produced by genderEd for the University of Edinburgh) provides guidance on completing GCRF Gender Equality Statements.

Additional guidance is available from UKRI.