Our core contributing members include:

Our core members are: UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), Wellcome, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), Department for Science, Technology and Innovation (DSIT).

Our wider stakeholders include the UK and international research community, research funding delivery partners, and the NGO, philanthropic and private sectors.

Strategic Coherence of ODA-funded Research (SCOR) Board

With development research funding now distributed across several government departments, and in light of considerable uncertainty around the future of the economy, and UK aid spending and research funding more specifically, it is more important than ever that research funding efforts are joined up and not duplicated.

The members of the SCOR Board help ensure that coordination efforts are impactful and that the UK provides a strong voice of leadership to the international development research community.

The funding bodies involved are:
The individuals on our SCOR Board are:
  • Marie Staunton, CBE (Chair) – Independent
  • Prof Charlotte Watts – Chief Scientific Advisor, FCDO
  • Frances Wood – International Director, UKRI
  • Prof Lucy Chappell – Chief Scientific Adviser, DHSC
  • Prof Mark Palmer – Director of International Relations – proxy for Prof John Iredale 
  • Adam Jackson – Director International Science and Innovation, DSIT 
  • Cheryl Moore – Chief Research Programmes Officer, Wellcome Representative 
  • Prof Melissa Leach – Director, Institute of Development Studies (independent)
  • Prof Ernest Aryeetey – Secretary-General, African Research Universities Alliance (independent)
  • Mavis Owusu-Gyamfi – Executive Vice-President, African Center for Economic Transformation (independent)

The SCOR Board convenes on a quarterly basis. The secretariat is provided by UKCDR’s team. 

SCOR Board Updates
More about Marie Staunton CBE, Chair of SCOR Board

Marie Staunton was appointed as the new Chair for The Strategic Coherence of ODA-funded Research (SCOR) Board in May 2021, replacing Professor Peter Piot, who served as the first chair since November 2017.





Marie Staunton has over 25 years of international development and human rights experience, with a broad career in the public, private and NGO sectors. Having qualified as a lawyer, she has worked on many human rights issues and held senior positions at Pearson and UNICEF UK. She has also served as Chief Executive Officer of the child-centred development agency, Plan UK and Plan Canada. Marie currently Chairs the Board at SOAS University and has been on the boards of a variety of local, national and international organisations including the Disasters Emergency Committee, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency and Amnesty International.

UKCDR Stakeholder Group

A stakeholder group comprising expertise from our wider members ensures we have a diversity of opinions and views from across the international development research sector.