DFID and Research
- New science, technologies and ideas are crucial for the achievement
of the Millennium Development Goals,
but global research investments are insufficient to match needs and do
not focus on the priorities of the poor.
- Many technological and policy innovations require an international
scale of research effort.
- DFID’s Central Research Department (CRD) commissions research to
help fill this gap, aiming to ensure tangible outcomes on the
livelihoods of the poor.
- CRD seeks to influence the international and UK research agendas,
putting poverty reduction and the needs of the poor at the forefront of
global research efforts.
- CRD manages long-term research initiatives that cut across
individual countries or regions, and only funds activities if there are
clear opportunities and mechanisms for the research to have a
significant impact on poverty.
- CRD works closely with DFID’s Chief Scientific Adviser to maintain
external links, particularly with UK Science, Whitehall and political
stakeholders, to promote DFID’s agenda.
- Information on DFID's centrally funded research both past and
present can be found on the website
- DFID is seeking views to help it develop a new research strategy
2008-2013. Consultation about the
new strategy is currently underway
Last updated: 27 June 2007