Support for Researchers

Find out who is working in this area, what projects they're involved in and what their collaboration interests are through the database of engineering researchers (access for University of Bristol staff only). 


The Research Development International team at RED keep the most up-to-date overview of funding opportunities relevant to engineering, including GCRF calls.

Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) 

GCRF is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government in late 2015 to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. It forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment. GCRF specifically addresses international development challenges as set out by the UN Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. Bids have to be ODA compliant.  

Guidance on GCRF

  • Official criteria for GCRF funding
  • The UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development, usually referred to as the Global Goals or Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Factsheet on what constitutes ODA 
  • Funders' observations on how to prepare better proposals
  • The UK 2017 strategy for GCRF, which sets out the three "challenge areas" most of the funding falls under ("Equitable access to sustainable development", "Sustainable economies and societies" and "Human rights, good governance and social justice") 

Other funding

The UUK Gateway to International Opportunities lists all international calls involving UK funders, and UKCDR keep a similar overview of UK funding opportunities specifically within international development.   


If you're thinking of submitting a proposal or would like more information on GCRF and international funding opportunities, please contact the Research Development International team at

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