ODA funding

A substantial funding opportunity is available for colleagues carrying out research considered to be ODA (Official Development Assistance) compliant.

What is Official Development Assistance?

Official Development Assistance (ODA) is the OECD term for funds spent on the welfare and economic development of developing countries. The UK Government has pledged to allocate 0.7% of UK Gross National Income to ODA.

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a new five-year £1.5 billion funding stream, announced as part of the Government's 2015 spending review. It's part of the UK's Official Development Assistance commitment to support research addressing the problems faced by developing countries. The Government has issued a UK Strategy for the Global Challenges Research Fund. We have prepared some notes on the policy (log in required).

GCRF research should clearly demonstrate that the primary purpose is to promote the economic development and welfare of Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).

The fund will be administered through Research Councils and national academies.

Newton Fund

The Newton Fund is also part of the UK’s ODA and promotes economic development and social welfare in particular developing countries also through Research Councils and national academies. More information is available here.

ODA scheme briefing information

We have prepared briefing notes for the following ODA-related schemes:

Cultural Protection Fund

Fleming Fund

Newton Fund

Ross Fund

Sustainable Development Programme

Wellcome Trust

Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform (SPHEIR)

Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)

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