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Two calls for funding have opened under the ESRC/DFID Collaboration

Published: 21 November 2013

Both of these calls are open to researchers based in either UK or non-UK organisations. Principal applicants must be based at an organisation that possesses an existing in-house capacity to host a grant and to carry out research that materially extends and enhances the national or international research base, and is able to demonstrate an independent capability to undertake and lead research programmes.


DFID-ESRC China and Africa Research Programme

The Department for International Development (DFID) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are pleased to announce a dedicated programme of research to investigate in comparative perspective the economic development impact of China's engagement in sub-Saharan Africa. The programme aims to critically evaluate what lessons China's own economic development transformation can offer other developing countries - in particular in low-income Africa.

The programme encourages academics from developing and developed countries to work together in any configuration of their choosing, and principal investigators can be from anywhere in the world.

Grants will be for a maximum of four years and with a full Economic Cost (fEC) value of between £200,000 and £2 million. We expect to fund a mixed portfolio of small (in the region of £200,000 to £500,000) and larger (£500,000 and above) research projects under this call.

Deadline for applications: 16.00 UK time, 13 March 2014.

ESRC-DFID Joint fund for Poverty Alleviation Research Grants outline call 2013

ESRC and DFID are pleased to announce a second annual funding call under the third phase of the ESRC/DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research.

Applications to this call must address one or more of three overarching questions:

  • What factors shape pathways into and out of poverty and people's experience of these, and how can policy create sustained routes out of extreme poverty in ways that can be replicated and scaled up?
  • What political and institutional conditions are associated with effective poverty reduction and development, and what can domestic and external actors do to promote these conditions?
  • What measures can be taken to reduce the risks and impact of violence and instability on the poorest and increase the effectiveness of peace-building, state-building and wider development interventions in fragile and conflict-affected situations?

Applications are invited for outline proposals with a Full Economic Cost (fEC) value of between £100,000 and £500,000. The duration of projects should range from a minimum of one year up to a maximum of three years. The total budget for this call will be £5.3 million. A further call is planned for 2014.

Deadline for applications 16.00 (UK time), 16 January 2014.

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