UKCDR Annual Report 2023 – 2024

Annual report

UKCDR Annual Report 2023 – 2024

The 2023-24 annual report for the UK Collaborative on Development Research (UKCDR) documents the wide range of activities and outputs that have enabled UKCDR to achieve our vision, to accelerate global development through the power of research and knowledge, over the reporting period of 1 April 2023 – 31 March 2024.

UKCDR is a dedicated team of experts working to amplify the impact and value of the UK’s research investment to address global challenges. We are a neutral and impartial entity providing the secretariat for, and governed by, the Strategic Coherence of ODA-funded Research (SCOR) Board. Our core contributing
members include:

  • Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC);
  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT)
  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)
  • UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • Wellcome.

During FY23-24, UKCDR engaged in a range of projects in line with our three pillars. We focused on:

  • Distilling lessons learned to improve funders’ practices. Across many activities, and especially via our report on large fund design (see section 2.1), we have leveraged our research expertise to understand and demonstrate what funders do well and what could be improved.
  • Deepening understandings of impact across research for development. UKCDR has produced one report and two case study booklets over the reporting period which explore and map different forms of research impact (see section 2.2).
  • Leveraging our data expertise to improve data transparency and visibility, coherence, and co-ordination among funders. UKCDR has refined and augmented our data tools portfolio to ensure actors across the research ecosystem can understand funding trends on a wide range of topics.

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