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

The second collective fund call is currently underway, Interdisciplinary Research Hubs to Address Intractable Challenges Faced by Developing Countries, decisions regarding the assessment of outline proposals are due to be announced by the end of February.

Research Council Led Calls

Open Calls (there are currently no open RCUK Calls):

Call NameFunderClosing Date
GCRF Highlight Notice for International Development: Follow on Funding for Impact and Engagement Scheme  AHRC  25 July 2018
Cancer research and global health initiative  MRC  20 June 2018
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Individual Research Councils are also accepting GCRF eligible proposals through their standard funding routes.

Internal Funding Opportunities

No current internal funding opportunities, further opportunities available soon.

Other Funders

Royal Society

Royal Society Challenge Grants - scheme dedicated for Royal Society Fellows (closing 14 July)

FLAIR Fellowships (Future Leaders - African Independent Researchers) - scheme for talented African early career researchers (closing 20 June 2018)

Further details of calls can be found on the Royal Society GCRF Pages.


No open calls. Details on open calls can be found on the RAEng International Programmes pages.

GCRF Africa Catalyst will reopen in September 2018.

British Academy

GCRF Networking Grants - up to £25k to develop new international collaborations (closing 8 August 2018)

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 (closing 8 August 2018)