Making science work for development

Aid funding

5 August 2013

UKCDS is bringing partners together to identify the different aid funding opportunities available to universities and research institutions working in emerging economies and developing countries.

Multilateral agencies such as the UN & World Bank spend $60 billion each year on everything from mosquito nets to monsoon prediction models. Many projects have a knowledge/research component, and as a result, represent a large untapped opportunity for UK universities. But, to succeed in winning contracts, universities need to know who the key funders are, which regions and sectors they focus on, and to have an understanding of their procurement procedures.


UKCDS is working with partners, including UKTI Aid Funded Business Service, British Council and Universities UK, to understand what universities and research institutions’ support needs are in accessing this funding, and to put in place appropriate longer term mechanisms.

The aim is to provide universities and research institutions with a sound knowledge of the work of the international aid agencies and where to look for opportunities to apply their research and consultancy with these organisations. Some UK universities are already grasping these opportunities, and there is great opportunity to share best practice and establish a strong framework of lessons learned.

Workshop information

On 5 November 2012, UKCDS, UKTI AFBS and UUK hosted a one-day workshop providing information on the world of aid-funded business.

The slides available in the resource section below were presented by Nigel Peters, Director of UKTI Aid-Funded Business Service and Director of British Expertise, the leading trade association for consultants and professional service companies:

1. What is Aid-Funded Business?
This section of the presentation is the what? why? where? and who? of Aid-Funded Business, providing an overview of all the main international financial institutions (IFIs) and the United Nations agencies.

2. How do I do it?
These slides provide the information needed when considering applying for aid funding, detailing where the project information can be found and discussing registrations, short-listing and tendering.

3. Case Study: Education Sector
An in-depth look at the Education Sector in aid-funded business..

4. How can UKTI help me
The UKTI Aid-Funded Business Service is available to give advice to any UK based organisation. Find out exactly what the service can do for you.

5. Useful contacts
Make sure you know the people out there who can help you in this area.

Useful websites

UKTI Aid Funded Business Service
This is a dedicated UKTI service to help UK organisations win aid-funded business

HEGLOBAL - Integrated Advisory Service
This website is the gateway to services of UK government and sector organisations who have a role in supporting UK higher education institutions (HEIs) and transnational education (TNE) activities.

EURAXESS UK - support for researchers
This website provides information and advice for research staff, including a 'Funding Search' option for international funding opportunities.

ACCESS4.EU - Your Gateway to RTDI Programmes around the World
This webportal is a joint initiative of eleven ACCESS4EU projects. It provides European researchers with information about Research, Technology Development and Innovation (RTDI) programmes around the world.

This page will be regularly updated with information related to Aid Funded Business. Please check back on a regular basis.

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