DfID: Research strategy 2008-2013

30 September 2007

In September 2007, the Royal Society responded to an online consultation run by the Department for International Development (DFID) that asked for input into its Research Strategy for 2008-2013. DFID's budget will double from £110 million in 2005/06 to £220 million in 2010. DFID was seeking, in particular, views on how they can build on their priority research themes and address the links between them effectively, improve the way they identify demand from end-users in developing countries, promote more cutting-edge science that will benefit poor people, work more effectively to help developing countries carry out and access research and, overall, make it more likely that research will be used.

The Royal Society submission is divided into two parts; first it gives recommendations on Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation (SET&I) capacity building in developing countries and then outlines scientific areas requiring further research.