• Open date: 16 Jan 2019
  • Closing date: 2 Apr 2019 16:00 GMT+1
  • Type: Grants, MRC strategic
  • Categories: Infections and immunity, Molecular and cellular medicine, Population and systems medicine, Neurosciences and mental health, Global health

Please note: This is a pre-call announcement. UKRI GCRF Health and Context 2019 call for outline proposals is due to be launched on 16 January 2019. More details to follow.


Official Development Assistance and Global Challenges Research Fund

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK government in 2015 to support research addressing the challenges faced by developing countries. MRC is a GCRF delivery partner and their contribution to this call is from a GCRF allocation. GCRF forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment; the research supported through this call will contribute to the UK’s ODA commitment to low and middle income countries (LMIC).

Applications must demonstrate the research to be primarily relevant and directly linked to near-term or long-term benefits to the health or prosperity of LMIC. Applications should articulate a clear and specific case for the relevance of the proposed research to the LMIC partners and provide evidence that the proposed plan of research is informed by the needs of LMIC partners. 

Further guidance on ODA and demonstrating ODA compliance in applications for funding is available via the UKRI: Global Challenges Research Fund webpage.