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.

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