New DFID Fund: Improving Communication of Research and Evidence for Development (ICRED)

Yesterday I went to a meeting at DFID to hear about a new programme: ˜Improving Communication of Research and EvEvidence for DevelopmentÃ.

Here is a description: ‘Having the ability to make evidence-informed policy and practice decisions is vital to support efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. DFID has designed the Improving Communication of Research Evidence for development programme (ICRED) to increase the impact of investments in development research, by supporting improved capacity of researchers and intermediaries in DFID priority countries to access, appraise and communicate evidence and rigorous research. Results of this programme are expected to include enhanced capacity of researchers (e.g. academics) and intermediaries (e.g. the media; civil society organisations) in DFID priority countries to routinely gather, appraise and communicate research evidence to inform the public, and increase the use of rigorous evidence for more effective development policy and practice.’

‘DFID will be seeking proposals for a range of projects that aim to build capacity of researchers and intermediaries to access, appraise and communicate evidence and rigorous research to inform development policy and practice. DFID has committed £12 million to this programme, which is expected to become operational during 2015/16, and a further 500,000 for an evaluation stream which will be commissioned following project selection. This programme will help inform DFID and other development research funders on what types of research uptake capacity building approaches are cost effective and have the greatest impact. It is anticipated that project contracts will run for 5 years.’

At the meeting, DFID said they were planning to distribute the 12 million pounds to 3 large projects only. In the Q&A session, I asked if they had considered making part of the money available for smaller organisations/projects, and unfortunately they are not planning to do this. However, they welcome applications from consortia.

HIFA could have a role to play in this programme. We not have the capacity to lead an application, but perhaps if a HIFA Supporting Organisation has the capacity to do this, you may like to consider HIFA as a budget line in a larger proposal. As a DFID representative said yesterday, “If the applicant is tapping into existing networks, that would be a strength”.

If you are interested, please let me know.

Further information here:

With best wishes,


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