GCRF (Global Challenges Research Fund) University Strategy and Implementation

Daniela Bolle
Organising Department: 
Division of Molecular & Clinical Medicine
University of Dundee
Wednesday, 16 May, 2018 - 13:00
Tanis Drummond Lecture Theatre, Level 5, Ninewells

Daniela is Head of Research Development since January 2017. She joined Dundee after 15 years at the University of Stirling and before that at the University of Edinburgh. Her roles involved research funding support, research development and facilitation and research planning, including as European Funding Manager and Research Development Manager. 


GCRF is a 5-year £1.5bn research fund, now entering its third year, and a key component in the delivery of the UK Aid Strategy.  Activities should be focussed on problems and solutions; underpinned by research excellence, with partners from Low and Medium Income developing countries (LMIC) playing a significant role where possible; with a high likelihood of positive impact on economic development and welfare of developing countries; promote strong, enduring and equitable partnerships between the UK and the global south. The University has so far secured one NIHR-GCRF grant (Diabetes in India, Colin Palmer, School of Medicine, £4.5m.

The University now has three-year GCRF Strategy which was approved by the SFC and is supported by an annual institutional funding allocation for GCRF. The Strategy focuses on capacity building here and in partnerships with stakeholders in LMIC’s at the interface of the University’s four areas of thematic strength and the GCRF thematic priorities. It is implemented with the support of an ambitious investment programme. 

School of Medicine
Medical Research Institute
Division of Molecular and Clinical Medicine