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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.

Agriculture-Nutrition Impact Studies

DFID and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have announced the second round of the request for applications (RFA) for Agriculture-Nutrition Impact Studies. This RFA seeks concept notes for large-scale, medium to long term research studies and evaluations that will deliver robust evidence on the impact of agriculture on nutrition and health outcomes, with a particular interest in studies that focus on animal-source foods in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Further information see the Gates Foundation website

Deadline 28 October 2015

Resolving the unresolved Non-tariff Barriers (NTBs) in the East Africa Community

Call for a Pre-qualification bid through an Expressions of Interest

The East Africa Research Fund (EARF) announces a call for a research that seeks to establish appropriate methods to assess the impact of NTBs for increased trade and poverty reduction in the EAC. This is a 2 stage process beginning with a prequalification (pre-proposal) stage. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal during the tender stage.

The purpose of this 2-stage study is to:

  • set out, with justification, appropriate and rigorous quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze the impact of unresolved NTBs on trade and poverty reduction in the EAC
  • apply robust quantitative and qualitative methods to systematically analyse the impact of remaining unresolved NTBs on trade and poverty reduction in the EAC

This research project will run for a total of 20 months starting from January 2016 to August 2017.

Interested organizations who wish to participate in the pre-qualification should register through the EARF website and download the application pack (comprising of the Call Notice, Instructions to suppliers, the Pre-qualification Template, Terms of reference and the current status of NTBs).

The deadline for submission of prequalification responses is Friday 25 September 2015 at 4pm East African Time.

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