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Engineering Biology in Cambridge

[Closes 24 June] Internal funding opportunity: EPSRC Global Challenge Research Fund Cambridge

EPSRC has offered the University an institutional sponsorship grant to support development of a portfolio of research projects and Knowledge Exchange activities compliant with the Official Development Assistance (ODA) guidelines under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). Synthetic Biology related suggestions and collaboration ideas are invited.

Applications are invited for research projects and knowledge exchange activities compliant with the ODA guidelines, i.e. research primarily relevant to the problems of developing countries and where establishing economic development and welfare of developing countries is the main objective of research. If you have an idea of relevance to Synthetic Biology SRI activities and would like to seek internal collaborators, please contact the SRI Coordinator on



The research can be carried out in UK or abroad and there is no requirement that matched funding or effort should be attracted from international research partners; international collaboration with partners in ODA-eligible countries is encouraged to maximise the impact of the funding and to ensure the research is ODA compliant. The list of ODA eligible countries is available here
Expected use of funds:
  • All areas of engineering and physical sciences research can be included as long as the topic is compatible with ODA guidelines.
  • Multidisciplinary projects may be supported as long as the majority of the work proposed is within the EPSRC remit and they comply with ODA guidelines.
  • Research projects may be pump-priming in new areas or build on existing collaborations within EPSRC remit.
  • Knowledge exchange or impact acceleration activities should be based on previously funded EPSRC research, as for EPSRC Impact Acceleration Accounts.
Applications must be  send it to the Research Strategy Office by 24th June 2016, for more information and the application form contact your Departmental Administrator.