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 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
  • Master's Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine

    This scheme provides junior researchers from low- and middle-income countries with the opportunity to gain research experience and training at Master's degree level. The scheme aims to support research that will improve public health and tropical medicine at a local, national and global level.

    Who can apply

    You can apply for a Master's Fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine if you:

    are a national of a ...
    Wellcome Trust
    Deadline: 26 March 2018
  • International Travel Award Scheme (ITAS)

    Application deadline: apply at any time*

    *at least six weeks before travel


    To help scientists add an international dimension to their BBSRC-funded research by making and establishing new contacts with international counterparts.


    Funding is available in collaborative areas such as:

    First contact type activities that require short term travel support. The award could allow researchers to travel outside the UK to initiate collaboration or prepare proposals with...
    Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
    Deadline: 31 March 2018
  • New Research Enrichment awards available for grantholders

    Wellcome Trust are pleased to launch new Research Enrichment awards. These extend our dedicated funding for public engagement to encompass open research, and diversity and inclusion.

    We're doing this because we believe this new funding will increase the impact of the work we fund and so benefit society.

    Research Enrichment funding is available to support activities in:

    public engagement – this replaces the Provision for Public Engagement scheme open research diversity and...
    Wellcome Trust
    Deadline: 31 May 2018