Funding for development research

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.

Evaluation of the Young Lives Research Programme

Young Lives (YL) was commissioned by DFID in 2000 to complement the UK’s commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). DFID’s aim was to provide high-quality empirical evidence to help reduce childhood poverty and inequality.

This evaluation will assess the 4th phase of the Young Lives (YL) longitudinal research programme (2010-2018). The primary focus will be the outcomes and impacts of YL’s research and research uptake activities. The main benefits and challenges will be explored, to identify lessons and implications for commissioning longitudinal research. In addition, the output portfolio, organisational management and value for money of Young Lives will be reviewed.

Interested parties are invited to submit tenders by 2pm UK time on Thursday 20 December 2018.

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

Published 25 March 2013
Last updated 22 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Evaluation of the Young Lives Research Programme call added
  2. Added: Research on harmonising registrations and identification in emergencies in Somalia.
  3. New call added: research on vulnerability and resilience in Somalia
  4. Working document - UK’s approach to cash and voucher transfer programmes in crises added to Contributing to humanitarian reform through cash programming scale up call
  5. New call added Review and Development of DFID’s Research Open and Enhanced Access Policy
  6. Added: A rapid literature review of ethical standards to identify good practice.
  7. Added Research to improve the quality of teaching and learning inside Syria.
  8. DFID Research Advisory Group (RAG) Chair and Vice-Chair Vacancies added
  9. Research into supplier access to finance in Payment by Results contracts/grant arrangements added
  10. Updated ITT letter: Improving user journeys for humanitarian cash transfers
  11. The Development of New Health Technologies call removed.
  12. The Development of New Health Technologies: Frequently aasked questions updated
  13. Revised version of FAQs added.
  14. New opportunity added: Data Requirements for Service Delivery within Refugee Camps
  15. Updated FAQs
  16. Updated frequently asked questions document added
  17. Updated FAQs.
  18. Frequently asked questions: The Development of New Health Technologies updated
  19. New questions and answers added to the Development of New Health Technologies call
  20. Uganda Early Years Enrolment and Repetition Study added
  21. New call added: Disability and Climate Resilience Research Project
  22. Youth transitions in protracted crises call added
  23. Centre of Excellence for Development, Impact and Learning (CEDIL) details added
  24. The costs and benefits of ‘open skies’ in the East African Community (EAC) - Invitation to Tender added
  25. Agriculture-Nutrition Impact Studies requests for applications
  26. New Call added: Resolving the unresolved Non-tariff Barriers (NTBs) in the East Africa Community
  27. New call added: East Africa Research Fund (EARF)
  28. Improving Communication of Research and Evidence for Development (ICRED) research call details.
  29. New call added: The Effectiveness, Coherence and Accountability of the Humanitarian System: A Political Economy Analysis
  30. Humanitarian Evidence Programme Call for Proposals added
  31. New call added: Economic growth research in Low Income Countries
  32. New call added: What drives donors’ decisions on delegation to multilaterals in practice and what is the role of public opinion in these decisions?
  33. New call added: Humanitarian Evidence Programme
  34. New call added - Ensuring debt sustainability in developing countries through productive expenditure
  35. New call added: Changes in the arid and semi-arid lands in East Africa
  36. Revised terms of reference document added to "What drives donors’ decisions on delegation to multilaterals in practice and what is the role of public opinion in these decisions?"
  37. New call added: Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW): Call for research proposals
  38. Royal Society-DFID Africa Capacity Building Initiative added
  39. New call added: ESRC/DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research Outline Research Grants Call 2014/15
  40. New call added: Health Systems Research Initiative Call 2
  41. Global Research Partnership Aquaculture call added
  42. Ebola Health Research Call added
  43. Improving Water Security for Poor People – Research (IWSP) added
  44. Online Research Portal Evaluation added.
  45. Removed: Toward ending Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in Africa and beyond: Research Programme
  46. Removed: Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA), 2014 Grants Call
  47. Two new calls added: Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA): Call for Research Proposals and Political Settlements Research: Towards Open and Inclusive Settlements
  48. Added: Future Climate for Africa and Online Research Portal Evaluation
  49. Saving Lives at Birth: Round 4, request for applications removed
  50. New notice added "Royal Society-DFID Africa Capacity Building Initiative, Programme Grants" New notice added "Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation"
  51. New Call for Implementation Research focusing on maternal, newborn and child health added
  52. New call added: ESRC/DFID Education and development: Raising learning outcomes in education systems call 2013-14
  53. New call added "Saving Lives at Birth: Round 4, request for applications"
  54. Health Research Mapping - Ghana added
  55. Revised call for Activity Based Learning (ABL) in Tamil Nadu added
  56. New call added: ESRC/DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research
  57. Removed expired content: Reseach mapping in South Africa and Kenya New call added: International Potato Center (CIP): Request for Personnel for External Impact Evaluation
  58. Removal of out of date calls
  59. Update to the call for expression of interest document for the Understanding Activity Based Learning (ABL) in Tamil Nadu and an extension to the closing date for the expression of interest and deadline for full proposals.
  60. Two new DFID/ESRC calls added
  61. New call added: Evaluation of Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC) and Understanding Activity Based Learning (ABL) in Tamil Nadu: Innovation in Pedagogy, Political Economy of Scale-up and the Impact on Learning Outcomes
  62. Added new call - Scaling Up Sweetpotato Through Agriculture and Nutrition (SUSTAIN): request for proposal for external impact evaluation
  63. Added new call for evaluation of thes Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence (BCURE) programme
  64. Added press release link to Health Systems Research Initiative call.
  65. Added advance notice for new programme on integrated water research
  66. Added new call for the International Growth Centre.
  67. Added new call for research mapping in Kenya and South Africa
  68. Added new call - Health systems research initiative call 1
  69. Added new calls for ESPA fellowships and WHO vacancy for a medical officer.
  70. Updated the call for proposals for systematic reviews with a comment about Question 10.
  71. Added new calls for China-UK-Africa trade: joint research and scoping, and Building resilience and managing risk in fragile and conflict-affected states.
  72. Added new call for proposals for systematic reviews for international development
  73. Added new call for Domestic violence in Ghana – short term research on prevalence, incidence and causes; updated exploratory grant call deadline for Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries (PEDL) programme.
  74. Reinstated call for research programme on stimulating innovations in robust methodological approaches to impact assessment in agriculture, nutrition and health (deadline extended).
  75. Added vacancy notice for scientist to study harmful practices in reproductive health, especially female genital mutilation
  76. Added new call for Developing Operational Research Capacity in the Health Sector - project evaluation.
  77. Added new call for the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) mid-term review
  78. Added new call for Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC)
  79. Added new call for service provider for the southern Africa regional human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention programme
  80. Added a note on applications being sought for the post of coordinator for the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR)
  81. Added new calls for ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research and the Joint Global Health Trials scheme, and updated deadline for the PEDL programme exploratory grant call.
  82. Added new call for a research programme on 'Stimulating innovative metrics and methods in agriculture, nutrition and health'
  83. Added new call for proposals for strategic research into national and local capacity building for disaster risk management.
  84. Added new call for UNRISD Evaluation.
  85. Updated the list of calls to include the consultancy services for the Tripartite climate change programme.
  86. Updated the deadline for the PEDL exploratory grant call to May 2013.
  87. Updated the list of calls to include the Plantwise programme.
  88. First published.