The Royal Academy of Engineering is a delivery partner for the UK government's Global Grand Challenges Research Fund. The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a funding stream that supports cutting-edge research on global issues affecting developing countries and is part of the UK's Government’s Official Development Assistance (ODA).

From 2016 to 2021, the GCRF will invest £1.5 billion in funding with the aim to mobilise the UK’s world-leading research base to address key challenges facing developing countries, such as:

  • Threats to the sustainability of natural resources
  • Flooding and famine resulting from climate change
  • Environmental degradation
  • Population growth and rapid urbanisation
  • Fragile states, growing inequality, and violence
  • Emerging threats to animal and plant health
  • Global health challenges including the development of vaccines and viral threats

The Academy delivers the following programmes as part of the UK's Global Grand Challenges Research Fund:

Africa Prize

Celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa: find out more in Grants and Prizes

GCRF Africa Catalyst

Government-funded programme supporting UK research and Professional Engineering Institutions in sub-Saharan Africa