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.

  • BBSRC GCRF Strategic Training Awards for Research Skills (GCRF-STARS)


    The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. The fund will address global challenges through disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, strengthen capability for research and innovation, both within the UK and developing countries and provide an agile response to emergencies and opportunities.

    The GCRF-STARS call aims to build a...

    Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
    Deadline: 1 November 2017
  • Maintaining Essential Services after Natural Disasters (MAINTAINS)

    The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK government’s effort to fight global poverty. Natural disasters such as floods, droughts and cyclones already force 26 million people into poverty and cost an estimated $60 billion every year. They disproportionately affect the poor and most vulnerable, such as children, women, people with disabilities and the elderly. Shocks disrupt essential services, including DFID programmes, and lead to higher poverty rates, reduced...

    Department for International Development
    Deadline: 2 November 2017
  • BBSRC GCRF Sustainable Agriculture for Sub-Saharan Africa (SASSA)

    The Sustainable Intensification Research Network (SIRN) partner search tool is now available for UK and African researchers.

    Webinar for lead applicants

    SASSA has attracted considerable attention from researchers in both Africa and the UK. Because of this, we are expecting this call to be very competitive and so have provided some additional guidance (...

    Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
    Deadline: 8 November 2017
  • EPSRC-UKRI Innovation Fellowships

    EPSRC is inviting Outline Proposals for EPSRC-UKRI Innovation Fellowships, with a closing date of 09 November 2017. Applications are sought in alignment with the Industrial Strategy, in areas that have been identified as relevant to EPSRC or recognised priority areas at the interface of engineering and physical science research. A list and description of these areas can be found within the call guidance.


    The National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) has allocated £38.9...

    Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council
    Deadline: 9 November 2017
  • BBSRC GCRF Interdisciplinary Research Hubs to Address Intractable Challenges Faced by Developing Countries


    The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a five year £1.5 billion fund and a key component in the delivery of the UK Aid Strategy: tackling global challenges in the national interest. The fund aims to ensure that UK research takes a leading role in addressing the problems faced by developing countries through:

    challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research strengthening capacity for research and innovation within both the UK and developing countries providing an...
    Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
    Deadline: 9 November 2017
  • Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship

    This scheme offers a recognised first step into an independent research career for outstanding scientists at an early stage of their research career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances, such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health-related reasons.

    Applying for this scheme

    This scheme is currently open for applications and will close at 3pm on 16 November 2017

    Deadline: 16 November 2017