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.

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