With over £7 million of Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) funding secured so far, our co-produced projects are helping people respond to emergencies and plan for the future. Together with our partners from across the globe, we’re changing the world for good.
‘Augmented biology’: Exploring new avenues in biofuel production
Researchers in the Schools of Biochemistry and Chemistry are working to boost cellular productivity of biofuels at a fundamentally scientific level in order to create innovative, sustainable solutions to our global energy needs.
Helping East Africa get earthquake-ready
It’s taking tens of millions of years, but the African continent is splitting in two. As plates slowly shift, the threat of major earthquakes rises too.
Worldwide access for children to sight-saving medication
The eye disease uveitis affects thousands of children every year - but a landmark trial has enabled worldwide access to new, sight-saving medication.
Learning what longer life means for kids with HIV in Africa
Antiretroviral therapy greatly improves survival rates for HIV-positive people - but with this success come pressing new challenges.
Pinpointing poverty in Latin America
There are 170 million people living in poverty in Latin America – but we don’t know exactly where, or even why.
Understanding the cost of war on dryland environments
If you watch the news and wonder how wars impact environments and the people living in them, you’ll recognise the importance of this project.
Could disappearing glaciers threaten food security?
Historians don’t usually find themselves climbing glaciers 3,500 metres above sea level, but that’s just what Dr Dan Haines has been doing in Himalayan Nepal.
Protecting Nepal’s next generation from earthquakes
The devastation caused by the 2015 earthquake was immense: 9,000 lives lost, 3.5 million people left homeless, and entire neighbourhoods flattened. How do we stop that happening again?
Reducing suicide risk in Sri Lanka
More people survive suicide in Sri Lanka than ever before – but there’s no let-up in the number of people attempting it.
Improving prospects for people with kidney disease
It’s rare in the UK, so you may not have heard of nephrotic syndrome, but in low-to-middle income countries it’s fatally under-recognised and under-resourced.
Ensuring Bhutan stays happy – and safe
Unlike its neighbours, Bhutan hasn’t experienced a major earthquake for some while. But is the clock ticking?
Promoting educational equity in Chilean schools
In a country of widespread inequality, good education can help close the gap. But first, we need to decide what we mean by “good”.