Making science work for development

Collaboration

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

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
12 August 2013
The Framework Programme is the EU’s main way of funding collaborative, research and development across different countries. The Framework Programme (FP) is the EU’s primary funding mechanism for...
  • Capacity
  • Collaboration
  • Making science work for development
  • Funding and collaboration
1 April 2013
The European Report on Development (ERD) seeks to play a catalytic role in feeding the development debate, enhancing and refining the EU’s perspective on development, and bridging the gap between...
  • Capacity
  • Collaboration
  • Post 2015
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....
  • Collaboration
  • Landscape analysis
  • Making science work for development
  • Funding and collaboration
1 August 2013
Science and the post-2015 development agenda As 2015 gets closer, the UN plans to extend the good work started with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000. Policy-makers at the heart of this...
  • Collaboration
  • Post 2015
2 April 2013
DFID, DECC and EPSRC decided to jointly fund research on energy and international development, recognising an opportunity to fund excellent research that met shared knowledge needs. The Secretariat...
  • Collaboration
  • Energy and engineering
1 September 2012
The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is an international network for agricultural research. It comprises 15 globally distributed research centres which receive...
  • Collaboration
  • Landscape analysis
  • Food security

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