Research4Development (R4D) is the portal to DFID centrally funded research. It provides up-to-date information on DFID's current research portfolio. DFID's Research Strategy, published in 2008, sets out the priorities for DFID-funded research.
R4D also provides information about the research activities prior to 2008 in Rural Livelihoods, Health, Social Sciences, Education, and Infrastructure and Urban Development. It provides access to:
In May 2007, DFID announced that CABI and CIMRC had been mandated to continue to develop and maintain R4D. Over the next three years, R4D will help position DFID's research programme within the global research-for-development knowledge pool. R4D will become a key internal knowledge management tool for DFID, as well as acting as a comprehensive repository for partners, and a leading knowledge resource for communication of research in development.
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The overall framework of DFID developmental policy is set out in the 1997 White Paper 'Eliminating World Poverty: A challenge for the 21st Century', and expanded upon by the 2000 White Paper 'Eliminating World Poverty: Making Globalisation Work for the Poor' and the 2006 White Paper 'Eliminating World Poverty: Making Governance Work for the Poor'. More information about DFID is available on the DFID website.
New science, technologies and ideas are crucial for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, but global research investments are insufficient to match needs and do not focus on the priorities of the poor. Many technological and policy innovations require an international scale of research effort.
DFID Research commissions research to help fill this gap, aiming to ensure tangible outcomes on the livelihoods of the poor. They also seek to influence the international and UK research agendas, putting poverty reduction and the needs of the poor at the forefront of global research efforts.
DFID Research manages long-term research initiatives that cut across individual countries or regions, and only funds activities if there are clear opportunities and mechanisms for the research to have a significant impact on poverty.
DFID's 5-year Research Strategy for the period 2008-2013 was launched in April 2008. The Strategy pledged to increase spending to £1bn over five years across six thematic areas: Growth, Governance in Fragile States, Health, Agriculture, Climate Change and Forward-looking research.
The feature Research Strategy Launch describes how the Research Strategy was developed, with links to the consultation documents and to the Research Strategy itself, the 10 Working Papers, commentaries and video interviews on the Research Strategy, and other useful information. The feature 'DFID Research Strategy: One Year On' describes the achievements during the first year since the launch.
About DFID Research - Current Research Topics
The Research Topics are the broad categories within which DFID currently funds research. This section explains the relevance of these topics to development and outlines the DFID Research work in these areas, including descriptions of current and recently completed research.
Themed pages draw together details of current research and highlights the latest news, projects and documents added to the site in each category. The updates are also available as feeds.
About DFID Research - Thematic Summaries
The Thematic summaries are a series of specially commissioned documents on cross-cutting issues in DFID's research programmes. These summaries present the findings and recommendations from the programmes and are available as PDFs.
Research Dialogue Blog
The Research Dialogue blog provides a more informal look at DFID-funded research and development research in general. It aims to create discussion around research outputs, ask critical questions, and bring research to life. Comments on the stories are invited. Subscribe to a newsfeed or sign up for email alerts.
Development Research Org
The searchable database contains news and case studies, around 5000 projects from the mid 1990s onwards and around 23,000 documents. It provides project information, including data on the organisations and countries involved. The database can be searched by free text, keywords or on internationally recognised subject categories.
Research NewsThe Research News page features news stories about DFID research activities. Search news content using the Site Search. News content is also available as a feed.
The Case Studies section describes how DFID research activities are making a difference - stories told by people whose lives have been changed, and insights from researchers. Search the content of Case Studies using the the Site Search. Case study content is also available as a feed.
For more DFID Case Studies, see the DFID web site.
Use the RSS Feed Searches page to create your own "themed" RSS Feeds from our Project database. The Feed Searches are intended to provide you with the flexibility to create feeds specific to your particular research interest.
Many RSS feeds are also available for R4D categorised by Research Theme, Country or News (and also various mixtures of all 3!). For example, News, and Case Studies. Please see our Subscribe to R4D page for further information and to view the full range of Feeds, Email Alerts and Newsletters available.
The R4D Admin System allows users to submit new documents and revise the details of existing documents resulting from DFID-funded research.
If you are funded by DFID to conduct research and have a project record already on R4D, use this system to send us the outputs of your research. You will need to register to use the system.