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.
Private Sector Development Rapid Evidence Assessments
DFID is committed to commissioning world-class research that directly improves people’s lives. We also want to make the research we fund easily accessible to decision makers in DFID and in the broader development community. Rapid Evidence Assessments (REAs) are an important part of this research effort. Therefore, we are now commissioning two REAs under the topic of Private Sector Development (PSD).
The overall objective of this commission is to provide an assessment and synthesis of the sub-set of the PSD evidence base that looks at the development impacts of increasing investment, in order to strengthen our understanding about critical assumptions in PSD’s departmental level Theory of Change (details of which will be provided at the outset of the project), and inform future PSD programming decisions.
This overall objective translates into 2 research questions that focus on:
1) the importance of the scarcity of capital in constraining business growth in countries where DFID works
2) the impact of development finance institutions on raising incomes and improving access to goods and services
Where interested parties would like to bid for both REAs, separate technical and commercial tenders should be submitted for each REA.
Interested parties are invited to submit tenders for one or both REAs by 2.00pm UK time on Friday 21 September 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.