Funding sources for ICT4D Research

A real challenge in identifying appropriate funding is keeping on top of new calls for research funding.  Some funding organisations have newsletters or use social media to let researchers know about new calls, but it is usually essential to have inside knowledge about upcoming grants, or to look regularly at the sites of those offering funding. The UNESCO Chair in ICT4D hopes that the following is a useful starting point for those wishing to identify ICT4D research grants, particularly in the UK context.  Please do use our contact page to share information about opportunities that are not listed below.

UK funding agencies

Other sources of funding

  • Asian Development Bank although mainly for programme and project implementation (which could include some research)
  • EU ICT for Sustainable Growth
  • FIRE: The Fund for Internet Research and Development – FIRE Africa – is one of Africa’s leading Grants and Awards programmes designed to encourage, support and develop innovative online solutions to Africa’s education, information, infrastructure and communication needs.
  • IDRC/CRDI  – Canadian funding for international development with a long history of excellent support for ICT4D
  • Ignite funding for innovative ideas in Pakistan
  • ISOC ICT Innovation grants
  • ITU ICT-DF: As a seed funding initiative, the ICT-DF seeks partnerships with ITU Members, the public and private sector, multilateral organizations, financial institutions and development agencies to cover the total resources required for projects
  • SPIDER: Spider has projects, supports research and builds networks and capacity within our thematic areas Health, Education and Transparency & Accountability in Sub-Saharan Africa, South-East Asia and South America (mainly for people in selected developing countries and those in Swedish institutions)

Sources of information about grants

  • Bond: UK network for organisations working in international development – mainly details of funding for NGOs
  • NCP Brussels: aims to help identify EU funding for ICT projects
  • NGO Box: online development sector platform, which has carved a niche in the field of information and partnership services in the social sector
  • Research in Germany: Research funding in Germany has the goal of financing the development of new ideas and technologies. The range covers everything from basic research in natural sciences, new technologies to structural research funding at institutions of higher education
  • Science: where to search for funding (mainly US)
  • UKCDS – a group of 14 UK government departments and research funders working in international development.
    • Researcher hub
  • University of Nairobi: Research grants for ICT4D in eastern and southern Africa
  • The Impact Initiative for International Development Research
    • The Impact Lab seeks to strengthen links and create dialogue by providing an outline of the issues and clear lessons for knowledge practitioners, donors and researchers

Postgraduate studentships (Masters and PhDs) in the UK for overseas students

  • Commonwealth Scholarships Commission in the UK (CSC)
  • Chevening Scholarships