Research at FCDO

Information on the research activities and funding opportunities offered by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).

Research and Evidence Directorate (RED)

Our Research and Evidence Directorate leads a portfolio of outcome-led Official Development Assistance (ODA) research and development. It aims to:

  • develop and deliver high impact research
  • develop and deliver new technologies and innovations that can help solve pressing development challenges
  • test high potential interventions
  • support the delivery of UK government objectives, including for prosperity, climate mitigation and resilience, global health security, education conflict and security and global influence

It delivers strong technical economic, science, social science and analytical functions supporting strategic and operational decision-making and quality assurance. It has a global footprint in 6 locations: London, East Kilbride, Delhi, Nairobi, Lagos and Pretoria. Its regional research hubs provide country-specific and regionally-relevant evidence and research in response to local priorities, including strengthening science, innovation and research systems.

Outputs from research projects and programmes are available: see Research for Development Outputs

Consular feedback and research

We offer a wide range of services to UK nationals, from major crisis evacuations to issuing emergency travel documents. We aim to provide a high quality service and are keen to receive feedback, directly or through a small number of partner research agencies. We use this feedback to assess and improve the way our services are provided. Find out more about providing feedback, including our privacy notice for consular feedback research.

Research Analysts

Our Research Analysts are geographical and thematic experts who provide timely, high quality, evidence-based research and analysis to FCDO ministers and senior officials. Organised in 10 Research Groups, Research Analysts are an integral part of the policy-making process as their work informs the Department and contributes to International Academy training.

AHRC-ESRC-FCDO Knowledge Exchange Fellowships

Our rolling programme seconds senior academics into the FCDO to work alongside policy-makers for 2 years at a time, typically for 3 days per week. Research Fellows are sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) or Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) through an annual competition.

Funding opportunities

View funding opportunities on our online portal.


  • open and enhanced access policy: helps make the research we fund freely available and to increase the uptake and use of it (originally published by the Department for International Development)
  • evaluation reports: past and present evaluations on the impact and lessons from the aid programmes we fund
  • evaluation policy: sets out how we evaluate our programmes and policies (This DFID policy will be superseded with an updated evaluation policy for the FCDO)

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