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Global Challenges Forum

The Cambridge research network for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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Collaborations within University of Cambridge

The Global Challenges Forum is a network of over 180 researchers from across the University. Participants come from the physical and biological sciences, engineering and technology, business, law and medicine, and the arts, humanities and social sciences. We collaborate with other networks and groups whose work engages global challenges. For instance, we are working with the Synthetic Biology at Cambridge SRI on rapid diagnostics and frugal biotechnology in Africa, with the Cambridge Global Food Security SRI on enhancing sustainable food supplies in India, and with ideaSpace’s innovationLabs on Infrastructure for Fair Global Societies. Other collaborations include with the PublicHealth @ Cambridge SRI, the Energy @ Cambridge SRI, the Digital Humanities Network, the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP), Cambridge Africa and the Nano Doctoral Training Centre.

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GCRF Foundation Awards for Global Agricultural and Food Systems Research to two Cambridge-led projects

Aug 07, 2017

Two Cambridge-led projects tackling surveillance and control of wheat rust epidemics in Ethiopia and virus transmission in beans in Kenya and Rwanda have received GCRF Foundation Awards for Global Agricultural and Food Systems Research.

UK Aid-related FAQ answered in an accessible way in briefing paper at the House of Commons Library

Aug 05, 2017

What is aid? What is the UN 0.7% aid target and why has the UK adopted it? Which government departments spend UK aid? What impact does UK aid have? What will be the impact of Brexit on UK aid?

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The Global Challenges Forum aims to enhance the contribution of University of Cambridge research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.


Two meetings were held this Summer on behalf of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor – Research, Professor Chris Abell, to facilitate discussions about a response to the RCUK GCRF Collective Fund. Please contact us for further information about emerging proposals and if you are interested in becoming involved.

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Shape GCF thematic working groups, some of which are likely to focus on coordinating funding proposals, by registering your research project idea.

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