Making science work for development


Our Research and Collaboration work recognises that development issues cannot be solved by people working in research silos. Development issues - such as climate change - are 'wicked problems' that require numerous approaches to tackle. Our Research Collaboration work is not just restricted to the research sector; NGOs and industry are increasingly playing a part in providing solutions to development problems.




The activities take place across three areas:

  • Academic - encouraging collaboration across disciplines
  • Academic/non-academic - fostering connections between academic/non-academics
  • Thematic - fostering networks in global health, sustainable development and disasters research

Our members have recognised the importance of cross-disciplinary research and leading funding calls that encourage researchers and non-researchers to reach beyond the boundaries of their subject areas.

What we do:

UKCDS brings together our members and interested stakeholders to;

  • Identify research gaps and nexus problems
  • Share knowledge and best practice in thematic areas
  • Advise on developing cross-disciplinary research collaborations
  • Raise the profile of development challenges among the wider research community 
  • Organise and host events on behalf of our members to share collaborative opportunities

UKCDS Outputs:

  • Health Funders Forum (HFF) - convenes twice a year. HFF brings together eight health funders in the UK. It is a closed group to share, learn, look at join-up/ensure approaches are complementary.
  • Disasters Research Group (DRG) - convenes twice a year. DRG brings together UK research funders or experts linked to international disaster reduction initiatives to promote coordination, networking and collaboration opportunities at the UK and international level.
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Latest updates

22 April 2014
The ‘Societal Challenges’ subset of the European Commision's Horizon 2020 programme has a number of calls where international collaboration is actively sought. The UKCDS Secretariat is the National...
18 March 2014
The MRC has recently published it’s refreshment of the Strategic Plan: Research Changes Lives 2014-2019, this can be found on their website. Research Changes Lives 2014 - 2019 continues MRC’s...
  • Collaboration
  • Landscape analysis
  • Global health
  • Health and development
18 March 2014
Major programmes into education research for international development have been launched, with funders such as DFID and ESRC calling for world-class and cutting-edge policy-relevant research that...
  • Collaboration
  • Education systems