UK Collaborative on Development Research

Harnessing the true power of UK-funded research to address the major challenges that confront our evolving world.

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Our priority areas

UKCDR’s mission is to amplify the value and impact of research by promoting coherence, collaboration, and joint action among UK funders. To achieve this, we focus on the following priority areas.

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Equity in research partnerships

Equitable partnerships facilitate the research that can address the major challenges of our time

Safeguarding and prevention from harm

Ensuring the safety of people, particularly the vulnerable, must be an embedded practice within the international development sector in order to enact positive change responsibly. 

Lessons learned from ODA research funds

Amid changes to the research for development sector, we must consolidate lessons from major ODA funds

Impact of international development research

High-quality and impactful global development research can improve development outcomes

Research capacity strengthening

Investing in research capacity in LMICs can help drive innovation and research uptake

Data transparency

Data transparency on research funding can identify trends, gaps and opportunities for investments, leading to greater coherence


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Make the best use of expansive data

By providing a comprehensive picture of the UK’s ODA research funding, we are able to analyse investments, highlight strategic gaps and opportunities, and identify future international development and research trends to our members and stakeholders.