Our governance

We are governed by the Strategic Coherence for ODA-funded Research (SCOR) Board. The SCOR Board is chaired by an independent member, Marie Staunton and brings together the Chief Scientific Advisers and Directors of our core members.

Strategic Coherence of ODA-funded Research (SCOR) Board

With development research funding now distributed across several government departments, and in light of considerable uncertainty around the future of the economy, and UK aid spending and research funding more specifically, it is more important than ever that research funding efforts are joined up and not duplicated.

The members of the SCOR Board help ensure that coordination efforts are impactful and that the UK provides a strong voice of leadership to the international development research community.

The funding bodies involved are:

The individuals on our SCOR Board are:

  • Marie Staunton, CBE (Chair) – Independent
  • Prof Charlotte Watts – Chief Scientific Advisor, FCDO
  • Harriet Wallace – Director, International Research and Innovation Directorate; BEIS
  • Prof Lucy Chappell – Chief Scientific Adviser, DHSC
  • Prof John Iredale – Interim Executive Chair, Medical Research Council; UKRI
  • Prof Jeremy Farrar – Director, Wellcome Trust
  • Prof Christopher Smith – Executive Chair, Arts and Humanities Research Council; UKRI
  • Prof Melissa Leach – Director, Institute of Development Studies (independent)
  • Prof Ernest Aryeetey – Secretary-General, African Research Universities Alliance (independent)
  • Mavis Owusu-Gyamfi – Executive Vice-President, African Center for Economic Transformation (independent)

The SCOR Board convenes on a quarterly basis. The secretariat is provided by UKCDR’s team. 

SCOR Board Updates 

Follow the links below for summaries of discussions at recent SCOR Board meetings:

UKCDR Stakeholder Group

A stakeholder group comprising expertise from our wider members ensures we have a diversity of opinions and views from across the international development research sector.