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.

  • Health systems research initiative call 4

    The Department of International Development (DFID), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Wellcome Trust (WT) jointly fund the Health Systems Research Initiative. All funders are committed to funding world-class research with high potential for impact on policy and practice.

    This is the fourth annual call for the Health Systems Research Initiative. Up to £6million is available for funding proposals under this call.  Innovative...

    Department for International Development, Economic and Social Research Council, Medical Research Council , Wellcome Trust
    Deadline: 24 January 2017
  • UK-China Industry Academia partnership

    Under its remit as a delivery partner of the Newton Fund, the Academy has has partnered with the Chinese Academy of Engineering in the implementation of the UK-China Industry Academia Partnership Programme to build bilateral industry-academic linkages which aims to support Chinese universities in improving their engineering research and innovation output through strengthening industry linkages – specifically with SMEs - and leveraging and...

    Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    Deadline: 24 January 2017
  • UK-India Industry Academia Partnership Programme

    The Royal Academy of Engineering has been engaged as a Delivery Partner under the Newton-Bhabha Fund – an initiative of the Indian and UK Governments to enhance science, innovation and research cooperation between the two countries. As part of the Newton-Bhabha Fund the Academy has partnered with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) to help enhance research and innovation capacity and improve engineering education within Tier 2 and Tier 3 engineering...

    Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    Deadline: 24 January 2017
  • Agri-Tech Catalyst

    The Agri-tech Catalyst funded by DFID and Innovate UK to increase the pace and scale of uptake of agricultural innovation by farmers in developing countries is open for applications. Briefing webinar on 1 August and consortia building workshop on 14 September.  


    Department for International Development
    Deadline: 25 January 2017
  • ESRC-DFID Development Frontiers Research Fund 2016-17

    This joint funding call aims to aims to place innovation and appetite for risk at the centre of world-class research.

    This call has been designed to enable researchers to conduct exploratory, small-scale projects with a view to developing ideas, collaboration, and research capacity for future larger grants for other calls, whether to ESRC or DFID or other funders. This second call within the Development Frontiers Research Fund will support innovative, interdisciplinary research that...

    Department for International Development, Economic and Social Research Council
    Deadline: 26 January 2017
  • NIHR Global Health Research

    The NIHR is inviting UK-based universities and research institutes to submit applications to deliver applied global health research. Applications will be invited for institutions to establish National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Global Health Research Units and Groups which can deliver measurable benefits to patients and the public in low and middle income countries (LMICs).

    There is a particular interest in funding applications that address under-funded or under-researched...

    Department of Health
    Deadline: 26 January 2017