Research at DFID

Information on the research activities and funding opportunities offered by the Department for International Development.

Latest update

DFID has published a new Evaluation Framework for Payment by Results

What we do

Research is at the heart of DFID’s thinking. High quality research which generates strong and applicable evidence helps us build good development programmes. Research can open up new possibilities and empower us to deal with difficult problems.

DFID research has 3 strands of work:

  • Research to develop new technologies and products such as high yield crops, drought resistant crops, better drugs for malaria and neglected diseases and vaccines for animal diseases
  • Research to help us understand what development approaches work most effectively in order to improve the impact and value for money of spending on development. It covers a wide range of development challenges from tax policy to what works to prevent violence against women and girls

  • Research to improve our understanding of key development questions so that we make the best policy choices. Examples of this kind of research are predicting the onset of the West African rains, finding out why girls leave school early and understanding causes and effects of corruption and how to address them

Where to find our research and publications

  • Research4Development (R4D) - an on-line portal of current and past research outputs from the research projects and programmes funded by DFID

  • DFID evaluation reports - past and present evaluations on the impact and lessons from the aid programmes we fund. High quality evaluations help DFID spend aid more effectively

  • DFID research and analysis publications - collection of research and evidence publications covering a wide range of development topics, including ‘Stories of Change’, ‘DFID education rigorous literature reviews’, and our ‘Assessing the Strength of Evidence How to Note’

Funding opportunities

This page has a selection of current DFID research calls and tenders. The DFID supplier portal is the central source of information for all DFID contract opportunities and contracts.

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