Making science work for development

Making science work for development

UKCDS members collaborate when funding research in similar topics or around multidisciplinary problems. The UKCDS Secretariat works on improving the processes of science funding, uptake and communications, and runs a group on capacity strengthening, to maximise the impact of UK research in development.

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2 March 2017
The Research Excellence Framework is undertaken by the four UK higher education funding bodies to assess the quality and impact of research in UK higher education institutions. It was used to inform...
  • Making science work for development
  • Research uptake and impact
27 August 2015
UKCDS was asked by DFID to undertake a rapid mapping exercise of UK and international donors' priorities in research capacity strengthening (RCS).  The project involved a short survey sent to...
  • Capacity strengthening
15 June 2015
UKCDS is carrying out a survey for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and other UKCDS members on international funders’ approaches to strengthening research capacity in low and...
  • Capacity strengthening
26 February 2015
The beginning of 2015 brings with it the second part of the first Work Programme of Horizon 2020, and that means a new tranche of funding calls. Out of the new calls, almost 60 of them actively...
8 June 2015
As part of our work exploring UK research's impact on development, we commissioned an analysis of the impact case studies submitted to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).  The analysis,...
27 April 2015
The Research Excellence Framework 2014 is now a fading memory in the minds of many researchers and research managers, with the results having been published in December 2014. However, UKCDS is...
  • Research uptake and impact

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