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

30 May 2014
The UKCDS Secretariat has been promoting the use of science in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and supporting a statement on an international science advisory mechanism at the UN Regional Platforms on...
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
In 2013, the UKCDS Secretariat and the Royal Academy of Engineering commissioned a mapping of the UK research base in engineering for international development (see this update). The 2013 mapping –...
  • Capacity
  • Collaboration
  • Energy and engineering