Funding calls

We provide an overview of the latest research for international development funding opportunities in the UK: ranging from major initiatives to small research grants, workshop and travel grants, prizes and awards, and individual fellowships and studentships.

Find more information on major UK funding sources here, or explore the wider picture of UK funding for international development research here.

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International Travel Award Scheme (ITAS)


The International Travel Award Scheme (ITAS) aims to help scientists add an international dimension to their BBSRC-funded research by making and establishing new contacts with...

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UNCTAD Sustainable Manufacturing and Environmental Pollution (SMEP) Programme

Deadline: 30 Dec 2018

The Sustainable Manufacturing and Environmental Pollution (SMEP) programme is a collaboration between UNCTAD and DFID which aims to reduce the environmental and social impacts of manufacturing in developing countries. The programme funds research activities and developing technical solutions that will help reduce the levels of pollution and environmental degradation generated by industrial/manufacturing processes in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and South Asia (SA).

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Conflict Research Fellowship

Deadline: 6 Jan 2019

The Conflict Research Fellowship (CRF) offers yearlong support for experienced scholars (based at a university or NGO). The CRF is part of the Conflict Research Programme (CRP), a four year, UK Department of International Development funded research program based at the London School of Economics and Political Science that investigates the drivers of violent conflict in five cases: Somalia, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, and Syria.

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Access to Research Infrastructure Scheme

Deadline: 15 Jan 2019

The Foundation's Access to Research Infrastructure Scheme was established to help researchers access research infrastructure in support of studies leading to improved safety of life and property. The primary goal is to support researchers who would benefit from accessing world-class research infrastructure that is not available in their host institution or country and where the funding schemes available in their country of residence does not facilitate such access.

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Joint Global Health Trials scheme – call 9 Development Grants

Deadline: 5 Feb 2019

The UK Department for International Development (DFID), the UK Medical Research Council (MRC), the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Wellcome are pleased to announce the launch of the ninth call for proposals under this initiative to fund global health trials.

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9th Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance

Deadline: 15 Feb 2019

This call will fund joint transnational research projects addressing the development of diagnostic and surveillance tools, technologies and methods to detect antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Projects should address the diagnosis of AMR infections in clinical and veterinary settings, or the surveillance of AMR in humans, animals and the environment. The call promotes projects with impact in low and middle income countries (LMICs) in Asia and Africa.

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Data Re-use Prizes in AMR & Malaria

Deadline: 15 Mar 2019

Entries have to generate a new insight, tool or health application from data available in an open data resource of Wellcome’s choosing. There are two prizes, each based on a topic of strategic importance to Wellcome: AMR surveillance and malaria.