Sustainable Development 2016 Programme

This programme funds researchers in the humanities and social sciences working on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and generating evidence on the challenges and opportunities faced in developing countries.
Start date
Up to 16 months
Programme status

Funded by the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (through the Global Challenges Research Fund).

This programme funds excellent, policy-oriented research, aimed at addressing the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and advancing the UK’s Aid Strategy. Supported by the Government's £1.5 billion Global Challenges Research Fund, it provides funding to researchers in the humanities and the social sciences working to generate evidence on the challenges and opportunities faced in developing countries.

The first round of this programme, which launched in 2016, funded 16 projects addressing the following thematic areas: sustainable governance, sustainable growth, and sustainable human development.

For more details about the programme and the eligibility requirements, please see the Scheme Notes.

Programme Outcomes

Beyond increasing the GDP: Overcoming the human, social and economic challenges of promoting sustainable growth

Building on international best practices: Understanding the context-specific challenges of promoting sustainable governance 

Building citizenship to leave no one behind: Improving health, equality and identity to promote sustainable human development

Creating resilience for sustainable development

Overcoming gender inequality for sustainable development

Producing knowledge for the design of effective policies to promote sustainable development

Contact details

Please contact [email protected] or call 020 7969 5220 for further information.

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