GCRF Demonstrate Impact aims to support projects that address one of ten global societal challenges recognised in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the development of innovative processes, products and services.
The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund to support cutting-edge research which addresses the problems faced by developing countries. GCRF forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment.
The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) will invest up to £9.3 million in demonstration-stage projects. The projects must have the potential to transform lives in developing countries, through market-creating innovation and should lead to the deployment of those innovations within developing countries.
KTN launched a series of competition briefing and information events in September 2019 for Round 1 of the funding and in March 2020 for Round 2 of the funding competition. There was a GCRF Demonstrate Impact Round 1 Cohort Webinar that took place for those who were awarded funding and to encourage a peer support network.
***The competition is now closed.***
GCRF Demonstrate Impact Report and Guide
To read about case studies in developing countries, as well as general information on the
GCRF Demonstrate Impact competition and programme, please download the report here.
To find out more about the programme, please contact Charlie.winkworth-smith@ktn-
uk.org; for general enquiries, please email email@example.com.
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Current Demonstrate Impact (GCRF) funding opportunities
Energy Catalyst Round 9
Opens: 18/05/2022 Closes: 10/08/2022
Organisations can apply for a share of up to £20 million to create new or improved clean energy access in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or the Indo-Pacific regions.
UK-South Korea Collaborative R&D
Opens: 14/02/2022 Closes: 06/07/2022
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million for this competition, with a maximum grant of £350k/project. This funding is for the purpose of developing innovative proposals with South Korea.
Sheilah Birgen, Global Alliance Africa’s Kenya Country Lead, meets the President of Zimbabwe
On 9 March 2022, Sheilah Birgen, Kenya Country Lead for our Global Alliance Africa project, briefed Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, the President of Zimbabwe, on Innovate UK KTN’s work in Kenya and how we are supporting small business and local and regional innovation across a range of sectors to promote long-lasting strategic partnerships between Africa and the UK.
Global Alliance Africa Media Dialogue Puts Women Innovators in the Spotlight!
Innovate UK KTN’s Africa team recently hosted an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Innovation Media Series for Nigeria and Kenya highlighting some of the challenges faced by Women in Innovation. Both events had a fantastic panel, engaging conversations and great insights from all involved.