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.

  • Transformative Research call 2017-18

    ESRC will shortly be launching the fourth round of the ESRC Transformative Research Call. The aim of this call is to provide a stimulus for genuinely transformative research ideas at the frontiers of the social sciences, enabling research which challenges current thinking to be supported and developed.

    We regard transformative research as that which involves, for example, pioneering theoretical and methodological innovation. The expectation is that the transformative research call...

    Economic and Social Research Council
    Deadline: 31 October 2017
  • AHRC-ESRC-FCO Knowledge Exchange Fellowship Scheme

    The Knowledge Exchange Fellowship Scheme will provide the opportunity for each intake of fellows to be seconded into the FCO to work alongside, advise and influence policymakers. Fellows will bring fresh thinking, depth and breadth of expert knowledge and apply their learning to policy challenges. This is not a scheme to support research projects about the FCO. It will build new capacity in the FCO and across the UK research base.

    Economic and Social Research Council, Foreign and Commonwealth Office , Economic and Social Research Council, Arts and Humanities Research Council
    Deadline: 31 October 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 India partnering awards

    BBSRC India partnering awards are now open. 

    The aim is to set up partnership links between UK and overseas laboratories; promote the exchange of scientists - particularly early career scientists and; promote access to facilities.

    Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
    Deadline: 17 November 2017
  • SHEAR Announcement of Opportunity: Catalyst grants (outline bids)

    Outline proposals are invited for a catalyst grant call as part of the Science for Humanitarian Emergencies & Resilience (SHEAR) research programme, funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and NERC.

    This catalyst grants call will aim to support small projects with a maximum project size of £250,000 (100% full economic cost), with UK institutions eligible for 80% full economic cost and overseas organisations eligible for 100% direct project costs. The total...

    Natural Environment Research Council
    Deadline: 21 November 2017
  • EqUIP call for collaborative research on sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connections

    The EU-India Platform for Social Sciences and Humanities (EqUIP) is pleased to pre-announce its first research funding call.

    The call aims to bring together social science and humanities funders in India and Europe to support excellent and innovative research on sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connections. The emphasis of the research will be on Indian and European dimensions, in both contemporary and historical contexts.

    With a total funding of €5.5 million, it...

    Arts and Humanities Research Council
    Deadline: 30 November 2017