Funding for development research

Details of calls for new funding opportunities in development research run by the Department for International Development (DFID) or our development partners.


This page is aimed at organisations and researchers looking for information on funding opportunities in development research. It lists in date order a selection of current calls with a research, evidence or evaluation theme which are being run by DFID or by our programme partners. If you are interested in working for DFID you should also look at our supplier portal.

Literature review and feasibility study on approaches to assess poverty impacts of the East Africa Community economic integration

DFID wishes to commission a literature review and feasibility study on approaches to assess poverty impacts of the East Africa Community (EAC) economic integration over a period of eight months.

The main objective of this feasibility assessment is to:

  • understand experiences of regional economic communities in relation to poverty reduction from elsewhere in the world
  • explore lessons learned that can be applied to maximise the benefits of the EAC customs union and common market on poverty reduction
  • identify a robust quantitative method to analyse the short, medium and longer-term potential country winners and losers of the EAC customs union and common market; and the impact on poverty

Interested parties should submit Expressions of Interest of no more than 4 pages by 2pm UK time on the 27 March 2015.

For further information please read the call for Expression on Interest (PDF, 88.9KB, 2 pages) and the Terms of Reference (PDF, 302KB, 12 pages) .

The expected deadline for receipt of full proposals is 2pm UK time on the 1 May 2015.

What drives donors’ decisions on delegation to multilaterals in practice and what is the role of public opinion in these decisions?

Improving the evidence base for Donor’s work with multilaterals is a major challenge. Donors need to improve the evidence base to support decisions on core funding and by extension delegation to multilaterals to ensure they provide best value for money. The Department for International Development (DFID) wishes to commission a research study to try to establish through document review and key informant interviews, what the main motivations are for delegation to multilaterals in a range of donor countries and for a range of donors.

The indicative budget for this research is £77K.

Interested parties are invited to submit tenders by 2pm UK time on Wednesday 8 April 2015.

Economic growth research in Low Income Countries

What can we learn from our current portfolio to shape future investment in sustainable economic growth and development?

Over the last 5 years DFID has put increasing resources into research as a means of underpinning development policy and programmes. In line with this the Growth Research Team, within the Research and Evidence Division, has increased its portfolio of research utilising a number of different research procurement models.

DFID wishes to commission a thorough review of the Growth Research Team’s current portfolio to learn and share lessons, to better understand what designs have been successful and to make recommendation on the design and operation of future phases of funding and new programmes. The indicative budget for this work is £100K.

Interested parties are invited to submit tenders by 2pm UK time on Wednesday 22 April 2015.

Support Group for DFID Systematic Review Programme

The DFID Systematic Review Programme aims to strengthen evidence-informed policy making through the production of high quality and policy relevant evidence synthesis products. Systematic reviews use a rigorous methodological approach to comprehensively search and summarise the content and quality of the literature on a particular topic. DFID is seeking to procure a Support Group to commission quality assure and deliver up to 8 systematic reviews.

Further details

Responses are required by 29 April 2015

The Agri-Tech Catalyst

This supports businesses and academia in developing innovative solutions to challenges in the agri-tech sector. There are 2 competitions a year.

Further details