Delivery partner

UK Research and Innovation

UKRI supports challenge-led research across different disciplines and borders, bringing together consortiums to tackle complex challenges affecting developing countries.

UK Research and Innovation comprises the Arts and Humanities research Council, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Medical research Council, Natural Environment Research Council, Science and Technology Facilities Council, and Innovate UK and Research England.

Research grants support bilateral or multilateral research collaborations between UK and partner countries. Funding can be used to support research costs, staff costs, post docs, institutional overheads, travel, subsistence and knowledge exchange activities. Research grants vary hugely in scale from small scale pilot projects to large scale activities. Research grants are supported through calls for proposals and may have a focus on a challenge area or be cross-cutting or focus on capacity building. 

An example of a large scale programme is the Interdisciplinary Research Hubs which address intractable challenges. 12 global interdisciplinary research Hubs represent a broad range of development challenges. These awards involve working in partnership with researchers, governments, international agencies, NGOs and community groups in developing countries. These Hubs will share knowledge and expertise to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to help make the world safer, healthier and more prosperous.

Growing Research Capability Awards is an example of a programme focusing on capacity building. The programme grows research capacity around the globe, and strengthens and broadens skills and expertise to address specific challenges of developing regions and countries. There are 37 projects which will be carried out over four years, in collaboration with UK institutions and developing country institutions. 

Network Grants support the bringing together of experts to enable innovative solutions to development challenges, and facilitate engagement between researchers and non-academic stakeholders.

Network Plus Research Grants are a flexible mechanism whereby funding is allocated to a lead Research Organisation to develop a network, with additional funding for some research activities. The Network models provide support for a cross-institutional leadership team and international and non-academic partners. The Network models facilitate the development of partnerships between academics, NGOs, policymakers and practitioners in both the Global North and South, allowing for integrated and crosscutting activities. 

Innovation programmes enable UK businesses to work in collaboration with partners in developing countries to design and develop commercial solutions that address the Sustainable Development Goals.  Funding can be used for market feasibility studies, prototyping and demonstration projects as well as capacity building. 

Research England

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy allocates GCRF funding to the four UK Higher Education Funding Councils for England (Research England is part of UKRI), Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

These administrations in turn allocate GCRF funding to universities, based on the overall quality of their research and GCRF strategies. All the devolved administrations provide funding from GCRF to support research and associated activities that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. 

Newton Fund

We build research and innovation partnerships with countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to support social and economic welfare, tackle global challenges and develop talent and careers.

Global Challenges Research Fund

We help UK and international researchers and innovators address the key issues affecting developing countries.