In addition to hosting the Summit itself, the Royal Academy of Engineering has several avenues for international stakeholders to get involved with tackling the world’s most pressing issues.


​Participation - funding available!

To ensure the Summit is a truly global event, and to increase the global reach of the Summit, funding is available to support attendance for up to 100 engineers, innovators, and researchers across all career stages from developing countries.

To apply to attend please complete the expression of interest form here:

Expression of Interest form

The deadline for submitting an expression of interest form is midnight (BST) on Friday 31 May 2019.


​Satellite events

To ensure that the Global Grand Challenges Summit is a truly global event, the Royal Academy of Engineering is holding an open call for organisations to design and host a satellite event which will be directly linked to the Summit in London, funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

The Royal Academy of Engineering will be funding around 8-10 Satellite events globally. The aim of the Satellite events will be to engage a wider audience with the globally relevant themes and discussion of the Summit beyond the Global Grand Challenges Summit’s immediate partners within the UK, USA and China.


​Apply to host a satellite event

The structure and design of the satellite events will be flexible, providing the applicants an opportunity to design and curate an event based on the applicant’s capacity that will bring together and engage the local and regional engineering and student community.

The event should engage some or all of the following communities: young engineers, entrepreneurs, industry and academics within a local and regional community. The event should bring people together, ideally across generations, to engage with the themes of the Summit, and create or strengthen a regional network of engineers and stakeholders to benefit their local economies, communities and tackle local challenges in an unpredictable world.

The satellite events, whilst flexible in structure, must centre around the themes and sub-themes of the Global Grand Challenges Summit listed here.

For further information and support, please see the guidance notes.

GGCS satellite event guidance notes (1.23 MB)

To complete the GGCS satellite event application form, register and complete the application, using the Royal Academy of Engineering's online Grant Management System: 

Grants Management System

The deadline for applications is 5 pm (UK time) Monday 27 May 2019.


Thank you in advance for your interest in the Summit.