Making science work for development


Explore and understand the global development research funding landscape and find the latest selection of funding opportunities, ranging from major research grants and prizes, to individual fellowships, studentships and training.

  • Long-term Assistance and Services for Research (LASER)

    This Cooperative Agreement aims to support the discovery and uptake of university-sourced, evidence-based solutions to development challenges. USAID estimates that approximately 30-40% of the yearly core funding will be dedicated to support recipient-directed identification of crucial development research questions and subsequent design, solicitation, and execution of research activities. USAID anticipates that the remainder of the core funds will cover operating, management, and...

    Deadline: 24 January 2018
  • Health Systems Research Initiative call 5

    Providing evidence to strengthen health systems in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) Please note that the timeline for Foundation grants for Call 5 is slightly different to in previous years, with the application deadline in June 2018, and decisions made in October 2018. A breakdown of key dates can be found below: Outline and Full Research Grant Timeline

    Outline Grant Call opens

    8 November 2017

    Outline Grant Call deadline

    30 January 2018

    Invitation to submit full...

    Department for International Development, Economic and Social Research Council, Medical Research Council , Wellcome Trust
    Deadline: 30 January 2018
  • MRC-KHIDI UK-Korea Partnering Awards

    The MRC and the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI) are pleased to relaunch the UK-Korea Partnering Awards scheme, aimed at fostering links between researchers in the UK and in Korea. We invite joint applications from researchers based in the UK and Korea. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2018. Successful awards will be announced in early 2018.


    MRC has a strategic commitment to encourage international partnerships to tackle important and...

    Medical Research Council
    Deadline: 31 January 2018
  • Darwin Initiative: scoping projects

    Scoping projects are small grants intended to help applicants who are new to the Darwin Initiative. The aim is to develop a workable project idea and build potential project partnerships within the country where the project would take place. A successful scoping project should lead to a main round project application.

    You can read more about a successful scoping...

    Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Department for International Development
    Deadline: 2 February 2018
  • Innovator of the Year

    Now celebrating its 10th year, this competition recognises and rewards individuals and small teams who have harnessed the potential of their excellent research.

    The competition has four award categories:

    Commercial Impact Social Impact International Impact Early Career Impact

    It is designed to recognise the full breadth of impacts that BBSRC investments in research have, from creation of spinout companies or social enterprises, to working in collaboration with business...

    Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
    Deadline: 7 February 2018
  • UK China Urban Flooding Research Impact Programme

    Under its remit as a Delivery Partner in the UK-China Newton Fund, the Academy is partnering with the Chinese Academy of Engineering to implement the UK-China Urban Flooding Research Impact Programme. This Programme aims to support impactful research and enhance the impact of existing research in Urban Flooding in both countries by encouraging bilateral collaboration between academics and government as well as wider industry.    Request for proposals Our overall objective for the programme is...
    Deadline: 8 February 2018