GCRF Demonstrate Impact Interview with Professor Helen Fletcher, UK Research and Innovation

Posted on: 09/03/2020

In this interview, Helen talks about how important the impact of working towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals has on people’s lives.

As Director of International Development at UK Research and Innovation, Helen Fletcher is head of a team of nine Challenge Leaders who aim to strengthen international relationships. Since 2000, Helen has worked with scientists across Africa in The Gambia, Zambia, Ethiopia, Senegal, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda.

In this interview, Helen talks about the challenges we face together, and the effect that research and innovation in developing countries has on all of us.

UK Research and Innovation¬†have recently launched a new Demonstrate Impact Programme under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). The fund is now at Round 2 stage and aims to “Increase Impact Through Innovation in Developing Countries”. KTN and Innovate UK are hosting two competition briefing events in March. If you would like to come and hear about other case studies similar to Professor Fletcher, would like more information about the GCRF Demonstrate Impact Programme, or would like to attend either (or both!) events, please click on the registration link(s) below.

About GCRF

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. We will 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.


These projects should lead to the deployment of those innovations within developing countries.


Round 2 of the competition opened on the 2nd March 2020 and closes on the 6th May 2020.

*** Our London Competition Briefing event has limited places left so please be quick if you wish to register. We do however still have availability at the Edinburgh event on the 12th March. Links to register are below. ***

Register for our forthcoming competition briefing event in London.

Register for our forthcoming competition briefing event in Edinburgh.

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GCRF Demonstrate Impact Interview with Professor Helen Fletcher, UKRI.

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