Review of the ESRC/DFID Joint Research Scheme.


The ESRC and DFID have jointly funded a programme of research in social science for development since 2005, aiming ‘to enhance the quality and impact of social science research addressing the key international development goal of reducing poverty amongst the poorest countries and peoples of the world.’ DFID contributed £7m and ESRC £6.5m to the Scheme budget, with ESRC additionally taking on the administrative cost of approximately £0.5m. The Scheme has funded 46 projects via three calls for proposals.

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Department for International Development (DFID) commissioned this review of the ESRC/DFID Joint Research Scheme in late Spring, 2008. It has been carried out during the Summer of 2008 and is intended to inform a decision by ESRC and DFID about whether and how to continue the Scheme in the future. The terms of reference of the review were to consider:

  1. The scope of Scheme

  2. Its impact, relevance and dissemination activities

  3. The management of the Scheme – Application process and decision-making

  4. The management of the Scheme – Post award issuing, monitoring and reporting

The PDF of the review is attached to this output record, together with an agreed DFID/ESRC response to the review document.


Independent Review of the 2005 to 2008 ESRC/DFID Scheme, Technopolis Group, 42 pp.

Published 1 January 2009