Research at DFID

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

What we do

The new Research for Development (R4D) is now live Research for Development Outputs

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. Outputs from DFID funded research projects and programmes are available on Research for Development Outputs.

DFID has an open and enhanced access policy to help make the research we fund freely available and to increase the uptake and use of it. DFID’s Research uptake guidance and accompanying checklist provide information on DFID’s approach to research uptake and advice for designing a research uptake strategy.

DFID research has 3 strands of work:

  • to develop new technologies and products such as drought resistant crops, better drugs for malaria and neglected diseases
  • to help us understand what development approaches work most effectively in order to improve the impact and value for money of spending on development
  • to improve our understanding of key development questions so that we make the best policy choices. For example, 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.

DFID Research Advisory Group (RAG) member vacancies

DFID is seeking to fill key vacancies on its independent external RAG. Candidates should have expertise and experience in following areas of science for International Development:

  • Health Research - Infectious disease; global health; health systems; and social determinants of health
  • Agriculture Research - Sustainable agricultural; food systems and security; resilience to climate change; and technologies to increase productivity
  • Climate, Water, Energy Research - Climate and water; clean energy and infrastructure; biodiversity, ecosystems and environment; resilience to natural hazards and disasters; and innovation and technology
  • Growth Research - Economic development; job creation in low income countries; education and skills development
  • Humanitarian Research - Humanitarian innovation; protracted crisis (incl. forced displacement); and resilience to crisis (natural hazards and man-made)
  • Education Research - Education systems; skills; and technology for education
  • Governance, Conflict and Social Development Research - Drivers of conflict; strengthening systems on taxation, accountability, security and justice; extremism, corruption and irregular migration; violence against women
  • Data for Development – Big data research and evidence priorities to deliver the Global Goals; innovative digital approaches to new and existing data sources; policy-relevant research in big data and open data; generation and use of disaggregated open data; understanding the global statistical system

The RAG provides independent scientific advice to the DFID and reports to the DFID Chief Scientific Adviser. The provision of independent scientific advice by the RAG assists DFID to assure the quality and appropriateness of Research and Evidence Division’s research portfolio for DFID’s objectives. The current RAG membership consists of 12 senior international academics. The Group is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge.

Specific vacancy information (PDF, 319KB, 14 pages) - including how to apply

Closing date for applications is 5pm (UK time) on 31 October 2016. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be held in November 2016.

Funding opportunities

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.

Where to find our publications