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Materials on methodologies adopted to structure and plan Official Development Assistance (ODA)-remit research projects and guidance shared by funders.​


List of ODA-eligible countries

Defined by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC), it helps to set out international principles and standards for development co-operation, and monitor how international development donors deliver on their commitments.


UKRI GCRF and Newton Fund's compliance with International Develpment (Gender Equality) Act 2014

“...the desirability of providing development assistance that is likely to contribute to reducing poverty in a way which is likely to contribute to reducing inequality between persons of different gender” – International Development (Gender Equality) Act 2014

Besides legal compliance, consideration of gender equality in UKRI official development assistance (ODA) funded research and innovation should be a priority in order to achieve the goals of poverty alleviation, economic development and welfare of developing countries. By empowering women and girls through research and innovation, UKRI can help promote lasting peace and stability and work towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

It will be mandatory for all applications to UKRI GCRF and Newton Fund calls/competitions announced and published after the 1 April 2019 to provide a Gender Equality Statement. This statement must outline how applicants have taken meaningful yet proportionate consideration as to how the project will contribute to reducing gender inequalities, as required under the International Development (Gender Equality) Act. This should be no longer than one page, and should be attached as a ‘non-UK Component’ through Je-S.

Criteria to address while considering gender impact:

  • Have measures been put in place to ensure equal and meaningful opportunities for people of different genders to be involved throughout the project? This includes the development of the project, the participants of the research and innovation and the beneficiaries of the research and innovation.   
  • The expected impact of the project (benefits and losses) on people of different genders, both throughout the project and beyond.   
  • The impact on the relations between people of different genders and people of the same gender. For example, changing roles and responsibilities in households, society, economy, politics, power, etc.   
  • How will any risks and unintended negative consequences on gender equality be avoided or mitigated against, and monitored?   
  • Are there any relevant outcomes and outputs being measured, with data disaggregated by age and gender (where disclosed)?

Further details and guidance are available here.


UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS)'s research-oriented resources  

UKCDS is a group of 14 UK government departments and research funders working in international development. By stimulating collaboration across stakeholders in government, research organisations, higher education institutions and NGOs, UKCDS ensures the best science is funded and used to benefit international development, as well as the UK.


Elhra's implementation-oriented tools 

Tools on ethics, gender-based violence, water, sanitation and hygiene, user-centred design, mental health and psychosocial support, innovation management, refugees and IDPS.

Elhra is global charity that finds solutions to complex humanitarian problems through research and innovation.


UK Department for International Development (DfID)’s Development Tracker 

For an overview and listing of international development projects led by DfID.

The Department for International Development is a United Kingdom government department responsible for administering overseas aid. The goal of the department is "to promote sustainable development and eliminate world poverty".

Read more at: Is it ODA? Factsheet by OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC)

Is it ODA? Factsheet by OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC)

ODA is defined as resource flows to developing countries and multilateral organisations, which are provided by official agencies (e.g. the UK Government) or their executive agencies. This note helps donors to decide whether a particular expenditure qualifies as official development assistance (ODA). It supplements the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Statistical Reporting Directives.

Read more at: GCRF – Observations on preparing your proposal

GCRF – Observations on preparing your proposal

AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, MRC and NERC have recently supported Foundation Awards through the Global Challenges Research Fund. These general observations are provided as a guide to support applicants in preparing future GCRF proposals. These observations are generic and being provided to all applicants to the full stage therefore comments are not specific to any application. This document incorporates some feedback provided at the outline stage. Please note some of the comments are general observations and may not have been used by the panel to evaluate any application.

Read more at: GCRF – Guidance for Official Development Assistance (ODA)

GCRF – Guidance for Official Development Assistance (ODA)

The following text has been developed in consultation with the Department for International Development to provide general guidance on ODA compliance to applicants for Global Challenges Research Fund grants. It is intended as general guidance only and is not officially endorsed by the OECD.

Read more at: GCRF – Criteria adopted by Strategic Advisory Group

GCRF – Criteria adopted by Strategic Advisory Group

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) supports researchers committed to sustainable development and the eradication of poverty encouraging partnerships between UK and developing country researchers, national and international development agencies, and policy-makers in both North and South. The GCRF Strategic Advisory Group has released the criteria for GCRF Funding.

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