Addressing global challenges through research

The Global Challenges Research Fund is a £1.5 billion fund provided to support research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries.


The fund is part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment. The GCRF is administered by a number of delivery partners, including UKRI, the UK funding bodies, the four national academies and the UK Space Agency.

The purpose of GCRF is to fund challenge-led research whilst strengthening UK and overseas capacity and responding rapidly to emergencies.

The GCRF is designed to support the UK Aid Strategy and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Therefore, research must contribute to the social welfare and economic development of the countries being researched.

The UK Government have also produced a GCRF strategy and a general overview.

Ulster are pioneering research projects to deliver against a number of the key UN Sustainable Development Goals as detailed below.

Sustainable Development Research

At Ulster University, our research is focused on achieving a better and more sustainable future for all by challenging poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.

Sustainability Goal Number 1 - No Poverty
Sustainability Goal Number 1 - No Poverty

Sustainability Goal Number 2 - Zero Hunger
Sustainability Goal Number 2 - Zero Hunger

Sustainability Goal Number 3 - Good Health and Wellbeing
Sustainability Goal Number 3 - Good Health and Wellbeing

Sustainability Goal Number 4 - Quality Education
Sustainability Goal Number 4 - Quality Education

Sustainability Goal Number 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
Sustainability Goal Number 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation

Sustainability Goal Number 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
Sustainability Goal Number 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Sustainability Goal Number 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
Sustainability Goal Number 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

Sustainability Goal Number 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Sustainability Goal Number 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Sustainability Goal Number 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
Sustainability Goal Number 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Sustainability Goal Number 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
Sustainability Goal Number 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Sustainability Goal Number 13 - Climate Action
Sustainability Goal Number 13 - Climate Action

16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Sustainability Goal 16 - 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions