Since 2005, the ESRC has committed approximately £40 million to development research, leveraging an additional £160 million from DFID and other funders, including other UK Research Councils. ESRC-DFID funded research has been commissioned across three programmes: the Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation, the Growth Research Programme, and the Raising Learning Outcomes in Education Systems Programme.

Our ESRC-DFID joint schemes fund world-class research on a broad range of topics to enhance the quality and impact of social science, and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (formerly the Millennium Development Goals). A key feature of these initiatives is that they are open to research organisations from anywhere in the world as bid leaders. Over 200 research projects have been funded under the partnership since 2005.

A report produced by an Expert Advisory Group in 2014 (PDF, 970Kb) outlines challenges and future priorities in international development research. In order to meet these challenges we aim to maintain and develop our outstanding working relationship with DFID, but also seek out new partnerships and collaborations. Through this we hope to continue to deliver research which has far-ranging and diverse impacts on the research community, on policymakers and practitioners, and on the lives of poor people in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Follow the links below for more information on the three programmes, and get in touch with the team on DFID@esrc.ac.uk.