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Global Challenges Research Fund

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Please note that MRC has temporarily suspended all of its GCRF funding opportunities whilst Official Development Assistance funding is reviewed. If you are looking to apply for funding please refer to the UKRI funding finder for a list of open funding opportunities. Please contact international@mrc.ukri.org for more information.


The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK government in late 2015 to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. Alongside the other GCRF delivery partners, we are creating complementary programmes that:

  • promote challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, including the participation of researchers who may not previously have considered the applicability of their work to development issues
  • strengthen capacity for research, innovation and knowledge exchange in the UK and developing countries through partnership working
  • provide an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.

GCRF forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment, which is monitored by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The MRC and GCRF

The launch of GCRF has created new opportunities to build on the MRC’s strong commitment to global health research. GCRF funding is currently accessible through three routes:

Current GCRF funding opportunities

Visit our application deadlines page to find out about the latest MRC strategic and boards/panels opportunities.

For all UKRI Collective Fund calls and recent announcements refer to UKRI's GCRF page.