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International Development Research @ Cambridge


Funds for impact projects in social science disciplines (Impact and Follow-on calls) and to explore opportunities for data reuse within Nongovernmental Organisations (NGOs) and implementation agencies that operate in an Official Development Assistance (ODA) context (NGO Data call).


  • Impact Fund- Up to £20000 per application for projects to create impact from social science research.

The Impact Fund provides flexible funding for impact projects in social science disciplines, where impact activities could not have been foreseen or from newly emerging insights in social science research and collaborations.

  • Follow-on Fund-  Up to £5000 per application.

Funding for the continuation of previous Impact Fund projects.

  • NGO Data- Up to £10000 per application for impact projects utilising data from NGOs. 

The University has been awarded funding to explore opportunities for data reuse within Nongovernmental Organisations (NGOs) and implementation agencies that operate in an Official Development Assistance (ODA) context.  Potentially valuable data on developing countries are held by NGOs, though much of it is currently unavailable or unknown to researchers. This IAA additional funding stream will enable existing partnerships or the development of new partnerships with NGOs/agencies operating in an ODA context, to discover the extent and quality of the data being held and what potential there is for developing further research projects or realizing the impacts from this data that benefit low and middle income countries.

Projects are required to address either or both of the following objectives:

  • building relationships with NGOs working in international development to explore the potential of secondary NGO data; and/or
  • increasing the impact of NGO data through secondary data analysis.

The maximum funding request per project is £10 000.  Projects must be ODA compliant.  Funding must be spent by 31 March 2019.

Applications should be made using the NGO Data Application Form and emailed to by 5pm on 1st June 2018

All projects must be completed by 31st March 2019.

Further details and application forms can be found here.

Completed application forms should be emailed to to by 1st June 2018 latest. Applicants should ensure they comply with any internal departmental deadlines for signature before this date.  


Any questions regarding the scheme arrangements should be directed to

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