Strong research and innovation capacities in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) underpin socio-economic development. When countries tackle and collaborate on research for climate change, food security and the spread of epidemics, we all benefit.
Research capacity strengthening (RCS) is about developing people and institutions, fostering collaborations across disciplines and sectors, building soft and hard supporting infrastructure, and a strong enabling environment including research culture and demand where research and research actors can thrive.
Recent global work on COVID-19 diagnostics has shown that in a flatter and more equally threatened world, we can all benefit from globally and equitably distributed efforts to create research capacity.
This briefing paper summarises UK-funded contributions to this landscape between 2016 and 2021, along with initial policy recommendations to UK funders.