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.

Humanitarian Evidence Programme

Oxfam GB and the Feinstein International Center have launched the second call for proposals for evidence syntheses in the humanitarian field. This Call for Proposals is soliciting applications to conduct evidence syntheses on the topics of:

  1. WASH in disease outbreaks
  2. mental health and psychosocial support
  3. child protection
  4. identification in urban contexts.

For more information, including the Terms of Reference, application template, and guidance note on evidence syntheses, please visit:

This call is part of the Humanitarian Evidence Programme, which reviews, distils and communicates evidence in order to improve humanitarian policy and practice. The Humanitarian Evidence Programme is a partnership between Oxfam GB and Feinstein International Center at Tufts University, funded by UK aid. For more about the programme, please see the Feinstein International Center and Oxfam GB web pages.

Deadline for applications 16 June 2016.

Prior Information Notice: Improving Communication of Research and Evidence for Development (ICRED)

This is a prior information notice (PIN) only: DFID will be publishing a tender seeking a service provider or group of organisations as part of consortia to carry out projects for the ‘Improving Communication of Research and Evidence for Development programme. The purpose of this Notice is to inform that DFID intends to host an Early Market Engagement Event about the planned programme to be held on Tuesday 2 June 2015, 3pm to 5pm at DFID, 22 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2EG.

This event will provide an opportunity for suppliers to discuss and hear more about the programme from DFID Advisors. Attendance will be limited to one delegate per supplier, and expressions of interest in attending / dialling in to the event must be submitted to by Thursday 28 May 2015.

Programme information

Having the ability to make evidence-informed policy and practice decisions is vital to support efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. DFID has designed the Improving Communication of Research Evidence for development programme (ICRED) to increase the impact of investments in development research, by supporting improved capacity of researchers and intermediaries in DFID priority countries to access, appraise and communicate evidence and rigorous research. Results of this programme are expected to include enhanced capacity of researchers (e.g. academics) and intermediaries (e.g. the media; civil society organisations) in DFID priority countries to routinely gather, appraise and communicate research evidence to inform the public, and increase the use of rigorous evidence for more effective development policy and practice.

DFID will be seeking proposals for a range of projects that aim to build capacity of researchers and intermediaries to access, appraise and communicate evidence and rigorous research to inform development policy and practice. DFID has committed £12 million to this programme, which is expected to become operational during 2015/16, and a further 500,000 for an evaluation stream which will be commissioned following project selection. This programme will help inform DFID and other development research funders on what types of research uptake capacity building approaches are most cost effective and have the greatest impact. It is anticipated that project contracts will run for 5 years. This is the business case (PDF, 595KB, 24 pages) for this programme.

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