New event – Unpicking the problem: clarifying intended outcomes and impact in global health research

In this blog, Isobel Marr, International Development Research Officer, highlights our upcoming event to support researchers interested in applying to the MRC’s Applied global health research: improve health in LMICs, or other future global health calls. The third round of the MRC’s Applied global health research: improve health in LMICs …

Global Impact Accelerator Launched

In today’s blog, Isobel Marr, International Development Research Officer, shares details of our annual fund to accelerate the development impact of externally-funded ODA projects and an upcoming information event for researchers interested in the call. About the fund Recognising the pathway to impact takes time and often extends beyond the …

The GCRF Gender Equality Statement – 18 months on

In today’s blog, Isobel Marr, International Development Research Project Officer, shares what her team have learnt about gender and ODA research since the introduction of UKRI’s requirement for Gender Equality Statements, and offers advice on how researchers can respond positively. In 2019, UKRI announced that a Gender Equality Statement would …

Large-scale funding for low carbon energy set to launch in 2021?

Dr Conor Snowden, International Development Research Manager in Edinburgh Research Office, writes about the Ayrton Fund, and the opportunities this may offer for highly impactful research on the development of energy systems in low and middle-income countries. The Ayrton Fund is a commitment by the UK Government to spend £1bn …

Integrating Gender Equality in Development Projects – A Practitioner’s View

Today’s blog is a guest post from Loise Maina, Global Gender Advisor at the international NGO Practical Action, and highlights the ways science and technology-based GCRF projects can consider gender equality in their design. GCRF, and other ODA projects, are required by law through the International Development (Gender Equality) Act …

SFC-GCRF internal funding available for Covid-19 research

Dr Conor Snowden, International Development Research Manager, Edinburgh Research Office highlights internal funding available for University of Edinburgh researchers to help address the impact of Covid-19 on low and middle income countries. Covid-19 has been declared by the UN secretary general to be the greatest challenge the world faces since …

Official Development Assistance – What is ODA and how can you ensure research is compliant? Part 2

In today’s blog, Dr Conor Snowden, International Development Research Manager talks about the learning from his recent training event “Official Development Assistance – What is ODA and how can you ensure research is compliant?” We held an event on 17 December that looked in detail at Official Development Assistance (ODA) …

Official Development Assistance – What is ODA and how can you ensure research is compliant?

In today’s blog, Dr Conor Snowden, International Development Research Manager talks about ODA funding, and how our upcoming workshop can help you learn more about accessing this type of funding. It has now been five years since the launch of the Newton Fund and the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).  …

New pump priming funds can kick start your research for international development

In today’s blog, Conor Snowden, International Development Research Manager, explains the funds available for international development research, in particular the new Global Challenges Theme Development Fund. More and more funding is available now from the UK Government to fund collaborative research for international development.  The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), …

Unpacking the Impact of International Development Research

In today’s blog, Isobel Marr, GCRF Project Officer talks about why Theory of Change, logframes and monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) frameworks are important tools in international development research and how you can learn more through an upcoming webinar series.  International development research has been gaining momentum in the UK, …