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UKRI gears up for wave of global challenge calls

Image: Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development [CC BY-ND 2.0], via Flickr

UK Research and Innovation is preparing to launch 16 cross-cutting calls under the Global Challenges Research Fund in a bid to generate fresh ideas for sustainable development.

The calls are part of the third wave of the GCRF Collective Programme, a UKRI spokeswoman told Research Professional. The GCRF has six strategic themes, or “challenge portfolios”, and the calls are intended to increase their impact. The themes are: global health, education, sustainable cities, food systems, conflict and displacement, and resilience.

The first calls will open this week but the majority will be announced throughout 2019, UKRI said in a statement on 10 December. Call topics include education in conflict and crisis research, multiple and systemic environmental risks, and health and communities.

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