The Global Challenges Research Fund

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government. The Fund will address the complex global challenges UK research teams will deliver projects that will improve the economic prosperity and quality of life of people in developing nations. The Fund will tackle global problems such as conflict and violence, respect for human rights, and climate change.

The AHRC has a direct funding allocation from the Global Challenge Research Fund of £26m for the next 4 years. We are currently developing opportunities for the Arts and Humanities community within our existing funding schemes and in some distinct funding calls.

Initial appointments have been made to a new Strategic Advisory Group to support the development of the Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

The main tasks for the Strategic Advisory Group will be to help develop a common strategic approach between the Research Councils, helping the Councils to work together to inform the strategic research priorities that optimise the use of the fund and ensure that it addresses the problems faced by developing countries. It will also advise on the effectiveness of processes and mechanisms for delivering the fund.

The first appointments to the Strategic Advisory Group have been made for initial one year terms in the first instance. The group has been established by the Research Councils in partnership with colleagues from DFID and BEIS on behalf all the delivery partners involved in GCRF. An open call has been launched for additional members to join the group and to provide a rotation of members over time.

More information on the Strategic Advisory Group is available here

Global Research Challenges will open up new horizons, with some existing cross-council priorities and potentially developing research opportunities in new directions. You can also find out more about GCRF on the RCUK website.

Potential topics

We have identified some exemplar, overarching areas of opportunity where we think the arts and humanities can make strong contributions to global challenges. These are indicative, not exhastive.

Case Studies

We know that Arts and Humanities researchers are already making valuable contributions to International Development in a variety of areas, as demonstrated in these case studies:

Funding Opportunities

In addition to some specific opportunities for Arts and Humanities researchers, we have worked with the other Research Councils to identify a number of areas where the Arts and Humanities research communities can make a valuable contribution.