Global Challenges Research Fund: Case Studies

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) was 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.

The Fund focused on the specific objective of supporting developing countries. A key approach is that the activity is undertaken with the developing country partner(s), and not to them. This is significant, as the overarching objective of GCRF activity is to build and embed skills and knowledge in the countries involved.

The Fund was part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment. The Government allocated £58 million from this fund to Research England for distribution to English universities who received Quality-related Research (QR) funding in the 2018-19 academic year.

The University was required to provide a three-year institutional strategy plan, which was subsequently assessed to be Official Development Assistance (ODA) compliant, in order to access the funding allocated for the three years from 2018-19. The University provides a monitoring report each year which features evidence and case studies of work completed and outcomes achieved.

The following case studies highlight the tremendous and diverse work that UCLan staff are delivering and how this is making an impact on the developing countries and partners.

2019-20 QR GCRF case studies

  • Plastic rubbish on a beach

    Professor Karl Williams, from the University of Central Lancashire, led on research that reviewed the effectiveness of current practices and applied any new evidence to improve community engagement in tackling coastal plastic waste

    Friday 28 May 2021
  • person sitting on grass

    With colleagues at UCLan and in India, Soo Downe, Professor of Midwifery, led a project designed to improve maternal and neonatal survival in India.

    Thursday 10 June 2021
  • Person with cow

    Jacinta Nwachukwu, Professor of Enterprise and Finance at the University of Central Lancashire, led on a study on the effectiveness of the application of wearable sensors as part of the PLF approach in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya.

    Friday 28 May 2021
  • Stories2Connect logo

    Candice Satchwell, Professor of Literacies and Education and Nick Palfreyman, co-Director of UCLan’s International Institute for Sign Languages and Deaf Studies (iSLanDS), led on this project which aimed to allow deaf young people to tell their stories.

    Friday 28 May 2021
  • People sitting on chairs in a garden

    Nicola Lowe, Professor of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Central Lancashire, led on a study that investigated how the Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings (GCC) can be applied to nutrition and health related research in Pakistan.

    Friday 28 May 2021
  • Three people outside a building

    Dr Victorio Bambini-Junior, Lecturer in Bioscience in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, has worked on the project ‘Beyond the boundaries: Exploring the interplay between the nervous, immune, and muscular systems’.

    Friday 28 May 2021
  • Group of people

    Jan Mei Soon, Lecturer in the School of Sport and Health Sciences, has worked on a project observing good hygiene practices of ice manufacturers and microbiological analysis of water/ice contact surfaces in Indonesia.

    Friday 28 May 2021
  • Four people working

    Victoria Hall Moran, Reader in Maternal and Child Nutrition at the University of Central Lancashire, is working collaboratively with Khyber Medical University in Pakistan to to help identify risk factors and prioritise opportunities for intervention in infant care.

    Tuesday 1 June 2021

2018-19 QR GCRF case studies

Farmers benefitting from UCLan research
Farmers benefitting from UCLan research