Making science work for development

Funding landscape

Funding for global development research is increasing in size and variety. Use this hub to explore and understand the main funding opportunities within the UK.

Looking for open funding calls? See our list here.

Funding programmes

We’ve created this hub to help you navigate the UK funding opportunities in global development research. The sections below provide a non-exhaustive list of some key large funding sources within the UK funded by either a single funder (DFID, Wellcome Trust) or a group of funders (Newton Fund, GCRF, Ross Fund). Each page provides an overview of the funding topic areas, countries they fund, eligibility for both UK and international researchers and key funding programmes. 

For current open funding calls, see our list here.

All of the funding (apart from the Wellcome Trust) is part of the UK’s commitment to spend 0.7 % of the UK’s Gross National Income on Official Development Assistance (ODA). To be accepted as ODA, this funding must meet certain criteria. Please view the Newton Fund and Global Challenges research Fund (GCRF) ODA guidance for more information to help you decide if your work is applicable and questions to consider.


  • These resources provide further support and ideas to help you apply for funding and build partnerships for global development research projects.