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.

Royal Society-DFID Africa Capacity Building Initiative

This programme is for scientists who want to develop collaborative research consortia between scientists in sub-Saharan Africa and a research institution in the UK. Round 2 is open for applications. Further details

Closing date: 19 March 2015

Humanitarian Evidence Programme

The Humanitarian Evidence Programme has launched a Call for Proposals to conduct evidence syntheses on the topics of:

  • market support interventions
  • acute malnutrition
  • shelter and settlement strategies in humanitarian emergencies

The Humanitarian Evidence Programme is a partnership between Oxfam GB and Feinstein International Center at Tufts University, funded by UK Aid, and it reviews, distils, and communicates evidence in order to improve humanitarian policy and practice. Further details

Deadline: 4 March 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