The Global Research Translation Award (GRTA) is a £1.36 million project to help tackle health, nutrition, education and environment issues in developing countries. The GRTA has been funded as part of the UK government’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Innovation and Commercialisation Programme, developed to fast-track promising research findings into real-world solutions. These include practical tools and commercial opportunities for products and services that can be used by local communities to help make their lives and environments healthier, safer and more sustainable. 

In total, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has awarded £14.8 million to 18 international partnerships between UK Higher Education Institutions and organisations from across low and middle income countries. 



The UEA’s GRTA project is: Meeting the SDGs: creating innovative infrastructures and policy solutions to support sustainable development in Global South communities. The over-arching project comprises four interconnected sub-projects addressing child malnutrition, sustainable food systems, family literacy and microplastic pollution.

The project brings together 15 international partner organisations from 10 different countries. It draws on interdisciplinary expertise from across UEA, including the Schools of Education and Lifelong Learning; Pharmacy; International Development; and Chemistry. Experts on communication from UEA are also involved: Christine Cornea from Art, Media and American Studies; Jean McNeil from Literature, Drama and Creative Writing; and Asher Minns from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.