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

5 February 2018
With the increase of North-South research programmes around the world, ensuring equitable partnerships is vital to generate excellent science and obtain the best development outcomes where all...
26 January 2017
Research excellence and impact is achieved by balancing competition, collaboration and impact (CCI) in funding calls for international development. As global challenges are complex, research funding...
  • Collaboration
  • Funding and collaboration
26 February 2015
The beginning of 2015 brings with it the second part of the first Work Programme of Horizon 2020, and that means a new tranche of funding calls. Out of the new calls, almost 60 of them actively...
28 July 2014
A new suite of Horizon 2020 research calls have been announced, with ten openings in the area of ‘Disaster Resilience: Safeguarding and Securing Society’, four of which seek international cooperation...
8 July 2014
The UKCDS Secretariat has been continuing to facilitate collaboration between UN and international science organisations concerning the role of science and technology in disaster risk reduction (DRR...
  • Collaboration
  • Post 2015
  • Research for disaster risk reduction
29 October 2015
The first meeting of the Advisory Group for the Assessing Business Impact for Development project took place on 14 October. The Group includes seven public funders and ten companies. The meeting...
  • Collaboration
  • Working with businesses
31 July 2015
Priorities, priorities The Secretariat’s work bringing together UK health funders with interests in international development continues. We have been involved in discussions about the shape of the...
  • Collaboration
  • Global health
  • Health and development