Funding Opportunities under the GCRF Umbrella

A number of funding opportunities are available from the GCRF initiative, further details on the available opportunities as well as information and details for managed processes for calls where for example there is an institutional limit.

RCUK Funding

RCUK Is distributing funds through the an RCUK Collective Fund and also through individual Research Councils.

Major opportunities are announced through the RCUK GCRF page. These pages also contain links to historical funding opportunities and other useful information.

Some Research Councils also have their own dedicated GCRF pages:


Collective Fund Calls

There are no currently open Collective Fund calls

Research Council Led Calls

Open Calls:

EPSRC have announced that they will be supporting two initiatives in their advance notice of calls for 2017/2018, the first with a closing date in May 2017 will be in Healthcare Technologies, the second in the following quarter will be in Energy.

Internal Funding Opportunities

As part of this year's Imperial Confidence in Concept Funding Call, £125,000 has been ring-fenced to support projects that are addressing the aims of the RCUK Global Challenges Research Fund, more information and how to apply can be found on the ICiC Webpages. Queries should be sent to Dr Susie Gray (

Other Funders

Royal Society GCRF Pages

International Collaboration Awards, as part of their GCRF funding the Royal Society has launched an award to enable outstanding UK research leaders to develop international collaborations with the best leading researchers from around the world, to work on some of the global challenges and problems facing developing countries.


No open calls, however, the GCRF Africa Catalyst will reopen in May/June 2017

British Academy

Global Challenges Research Fund: Cities and Infrastructure, The British Academy, on behalf of all the National Academies, has launched a new, competitive research funding call, the Cities & Infrastructure Programme, as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund. Closing date for applications is 14 June 2017.

Academy of Medical Sciences

No open calls