University of Bath

Global Challenges Research Fund

A five year £1.5 billion fund for the UK to address problems faced by developing countries.


The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is an initiative led by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), ensuring the UK takes a leading role in addressing problems faced by developing countries.

If you are interested in applying to these opportunities through this fund contact Francesca Guiso Gallisai, Research Development Manager in Research and Innovation Services.

Contact the Pre-Award team for support with costing as soon as you decide to apply.

Open calls


Mental, Neurological and Substance Use Disorders in Developing Countries

Aim: to fund innovative and interdisciplinary research that provides social and cultural perspectives on mental, neurological, and substance use (MNS) disorders in developing countries.

Proposals should address one of the following:

  1. Socio-economic and cultural contexts of MNS disorders and people’s understanding of them.
  2. Living with MNS disorders in developing countries.
  3. Prevention, worsening of and resilience against MNS disorders.

Funding: £4 million to fund a balanced portfolio of projects of varying sizes and ambitions. Maximum grant value of £1.25 million at 100% FEC (up to 30 months duration). AHRC will also make funds available for interdisciplinary projects which fall significantly within their remit.

Closing date: 4pm 11 Jan 2018

Further information.


New Models of Sustainable Development

Aim: to fund new interdisciplinary and innovative research to understand how new models of economic development can help address the development challenges reflected in the UN's Agenda 2030.

Proposals may be submitted under two broad themes:

  1. Transitions towards sustainable and inclusive societies.
  2. Decent work for all.

Funding: £7 million for research grants between £500,000 and £800,000 (18 to 30 months duration).

Closing date: 4pm 11 Jan 2018

Further information.