International development research funding

Funding opportunities from UK Government ODA streams and other international development research funders.

In Spring 2021, the UK Government significantly reduced the allocation of Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding made available for research. This has meant that funds such as the GCRF and Newton are now closed.

To support the University’s international development research community – and their partners – in continuing their work, we have produced a funding opportunities calendar, which brings together calls from a range of funders that still encourage international development research and partnerships with LMICs. 

View the international development research funding opportunities calendar

Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation with a budget of €95.5 billion for the period 2021-2027. As part of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, the UK has become an associated country and UK based researchers are eligible for apply for Horizon Europe calls.

Horizon Europe calls are a great option for international development research as many of them centre on tackling global challenges and most low and middle income countries (LMICs) are eligible to receive funding.

The programme includes the Africa Initiative, with 36 calls under four priority areas: public health; green transition; technology and innovation; and capacities for science.

We recommend using Horizon Europe’s portal to search for opportunities.

Further information about EU funding can be found on our Edinburgh Research Office EU Research Funding page.

View Edinburgh Research Office EU Research Funding page (University of Edinburgh access only)