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.

UKRI Funding

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

Major opportunities are announced through the UKRI GCRF webpage

Some Research Councils also have their own dedicated GCRF pages:

Collective Programme

The GRCF Collective Programme was made up of over 140 projects across 18 funding opportunities. It was designed to enhance the overall impact across UKRI’s six strategic GCRF portfolios in:

  • global health
  • education
  • sustainable cities
  • food systems
  • conflict
  • resilience

This research is contributing to realising the ambitions of the UK government’s aid strategy and progressing the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Find out more in our publication GCRF Collective Programme: Strengthening global partnerships for sustainable development.

Past UKRI Calls

Call Name Funder Closing Date
GCRF Cultures, Behaviours and Histories of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Call 2. For further information view the designated GCRF webpage AHRC 9 January 2020
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Individual Research Councils are no longer accepting GCRF eligible proposals through their standard funding routes.

Internal Funding Opportunities

The College was awarded a three year Research England GCRF internal fund, calls were available each year until July 2021. For further information view the Research England GCRF internal fund webpage

Other Funders

Royal Society

Details of calls can be found on the Royal Society GCRF webpages.


Details on open calls can be found on the RAEng International Programmes webpages.

British Academy

Details on any open calls can be found on the British Academy International Programmes webpage.

Academy of Medical Sciences

Global Challenges Research Fund Networking Grants -  awards provide up to £25,000 to support international networking events aimed at addressing global challenges and promoting interdisciplinary collaborations between researchers in developing countries and researchers in the UK. For further information view the Global Challenges Research Fund Networking Grants webpage