Government – guidance

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.

Global Learning for Adaptive Management (GLAM): prior information notice

DFID, in partnership with USAID, plans to publish a tender seeking a service provider or group of organisations as part of consortia to carry out this programme. DFID and USAID will host an Early Market Engagement Event on 27 July 2016, 3pm to 5pm (BST) at:

  • DFID, 22 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2EG
  • USAID, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington DC 20523

Participants will also be able to join by conference call (details will be provided following registration). Expressions of interest in attending/dialling in to the event must be submitted via Survey Monkey by 22 July.

The GLAM programme will support adaptive management in DFID and USAID programmes. It will also establish a centre for learning about adaptive management. Duration will be up to 4.5 years, with a budget of up to £5 million.

The main programme activities:

  • supporting the design and use of monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) systems for adaptive management
  • increasing donor and partner (both international and local) capacities to use MEL systems and implement adaptive management practices
  • building consensus, encouraging coordination and establishing standards for MEL practices in adaptive programmes
  • evaluating and learning about adaptive management

Please register on DFID’s Supplier Portal.

All communications regarding this opportunity will be communicated via the DFID supplier portal and interested suppliers should check the DFID supplier portal for updates on this programme (PO 7631)

Study to inform donor responses to the Sustainable Development Goals requirement to use country-led evaluation systems and processes

DFID is looking for a supplier to carry out a study to help understand:

  • helpful and unhelpful practices for assisting country-led evaluation systems and processes in both government and civil society sectors

  • where and how support to country-led evaluation could be provided in both government and civil society sectors

  • where work is being undertaken by civil society that can support country-led evaluation

Country-led evaluation processes and systems are central to the follow-up and review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In relation to evaluation, as per the principles contained outcome document of the SDGs, follow-up and review processes are to:

  • be rigorous and based on evidence, informed by country-led evaluations and data

  • require enhanced capacity-building support for developing countries, including the strengthening of national data systems and evaluation programmes

Action is required by donors to assist country-led evaluations and in so doing realise these principles. The terms of reference presented here defines a process to help inform potential assistance to country-led evaluation systems and processes related to the SDG follow-up and review.

The deadline for submission of the ITT proposal bids is on Friday 12 August 2016 by 2:00pm UK 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.

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