Making science work for development


Explore and understand the global development research funding landscape and find the latest selection of funding opportunities, ranging from major research grants and prizes, to individual fellowships, studentships and training.

  • UK Prevention Research Partnership announcement of first call for proposals: Consortium and Network Awards

    An alliance of UK Health Departments, Research Councils and charities are pleased to announce a new funding call to address challenges in the primary prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

    The UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) is an exciting £50m initiative focussed on improving population health, and reducing health inequalities, through the primary prevention of NCDs. It covers physical health as well as mental health and wellbeing in the UK.

    The call seeks...

    Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Medical Research Council
    Deadline: 18 January 2018
  • Long-term Assistance and Services for Research (LASER)

    This Cooperative Agreement aims to support the discovery and uptake of university-sourced, evidence-based solutions to development challenges. USAID estimates that approximately 30-40% of the yearly core funding will be dedicated to support recipient-directed identification of crucial development research questions and subsequent design, solicitation, and execution of research activities. USAID anticipates that the remainder of the core funds will cover operating, management, and...

    Deadline: 24 January 2018
  • Darwin Initiative: scoping projects

    Scoping projects are small grants intended to help applicants who are new to the Darwin Initiative. The aim is to develop a workable project idea and build potential project partnerships within the country where the project would take place. A successful scoping project should lead to a main round project application.

    You can read more about a successful scoping...

    Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Department for International Development
    Deadline: 2 February 2018
  • UK China AMR Centre Partnerships initiative

    Research Councils UK (RCUK), the strategic partnership of the UK's seven Research Councils and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) are pleased to announce they will shortly be launching the UK-China Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Centre Partnerships Initiative under the umbrella of the Newton Fund.

    This initiative will provide funding for collaborative centre partnerships with the aim of:

    Supporting large-scale, interdisciplinary collaborative research in AMR...
    Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Medical Research Council , Natural Environment Research Council , Economic and Social Research Council, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Arts and Humanities Research Council
    Deadline: 8 February 2018
  • MRC/DFID African Research Leader scheme 2018

    The MRC and the UK Department for International Development announce a further call for proposals for the prestigious African Research Leader awards.

    This MRC/ DFID jointly funded scheme aims to strengthen research leadership across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) by attracting and retaining exceptionally talented individuals who will lead high quality programmes of research on key global health issues pertinent to SSA. The African Research Leader (ARL) should be supported by an enthusiastic...

    Department for International Development, Medical Research Council
    Deadline: 27 February 2018
  • Pre-call announcement: Climate Change Priority

    ESRC are committed to funding social science research relating to climate and environmental change, and have invested over £50 million in recent years. We are now investing £23 million in a series of strategic investments over five years that will build on this research-base.

    New research will be funded that covers a broad spectrum of social science relating to climate change. It is expected that successful projects will be social science led but will draw on disciplines from within...

    Economic and Social Research Council
    Deadline: 1 March 2018