Making science work for development

Our work

UKCDS members work across a wide range of activities related to international development, from funding projects to communicating results. 

Given the multi-disciplinary nature of science for development, the remit of UKCDS is broad and varied, covering all sciences and involving stakeholders in government, research organisations, higher education institutions and NGOs.

The UKCDS Secretariat brings the members together and creates a space for them to identify future research needs and share good practice. 

To find out more about the work of UKCDS members, and the details of how the Secretariat supports these activites, please click on a work theme below.

Our latest work

Rapid mapping of UK and international funders' priorities in research capacity strengthening

UKCDS was asked by DFID to undertake a rapid mapping exercise of UK and international donors' priorities in ...

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Priorities, priorities

Priorities, priorities

The Secretariat’s work bringing together UK health funders with interests in international...

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UKCDS exploring international funders' approaches to capacity strengthening

UKCDS is carrying out a survey for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and...

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What does the REF tell us about development impact?

The Research Excellence Framework 2014 is now a fading memory in the minds of many researchers and research managers, with the results having been...

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The private sector's impact on international development

For UKCDS, improved engagement between academia and the private sector is a key priority for the future of science for development. At the last...

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Education systems research – catalysing a community

There has been a lot going on in education systems research over the last year, all geared towards catalysing the growth of a community.


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Making it happen: brokering the future opportunities in engineering research for international development

Since the May 2014 workshop, two UKCDS staff have been working closely with the DFID Growth and Climate, Energy and Water research teams to broker...

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EU Horizon 2020 calls - now with the 2015 Work Programme

The beginning of 2015 brings with it the second part of the first Work Programme of H...

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Research Uptake Exploratory Workshop

On 16 December UKCDS hosted an exploratory workshop to discuss what funders can do to encourage more research uptake.

The event was co-...

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