The UK government has launched several important funding streams to support Official Development Assistance (ODA)-compliant research projects, such as the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and the Newton Fund (Official webpage).

These formed part of the UK’s commitment to allocate 0.7% of Gross National Income to ODA activity. This ODA allocation has been seriously affected by Government cuts to ODA, being reduced to 0.5% until further notice. These cuts have drastically diminished the ODA allocation for International Development research.

Nevertheless, in line with this commitment, as well as the government’s strategic focus on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, UEA has enriched its international research activity in recent years.

Our researchers are contributing to an ever-expanding portfolio of interdisciplinary projects supported by GCRF and the Newton Fund to promote the development and welfare of countries included in the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list (low- and middle-income countries).

Research stories


Childen reading with older sister, copyright Tribhuvan University in Nepal

Exploring Everyday Learning

Family literacy and the Sustainable Development Goals

people filming in a field, copyright Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences

We Are What We Eat

Applying traditional solutions to make food systems sustainable

UEA sustainable development activity

The ODA compliance of UEA’s international research activity is closely monitored and, where appropriate, managed by the UEA’s International Research Office.

You can explore the work that UEA researchers are carrying out towards the Sustainable Development Goals, at this interactive infographic web page produced by Aurora Universities Network.

Use the SDG research infographic tool


Research for sustainable development at UEA infographic: 15 research fellowships; University of Sanctuary; Signatory to SDG Accord; Working together with 68 countries in the global South; 397 research partnerships; 17 working towards every SDG; 88 Research Council projects; 80 rapid response projects

Map of UEA international research collaborations involving ODA-recipient countries

Map showing UEA international research collaborations involving ODA-recipient countries Africa

Map showing UEA international research collaborations involving ODA-recipient countries by continent

  • Africa: Benin, Botswana, Burkino Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, DR Congo, Cote D’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia.
  • Americas: Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Monserrat, Peru, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
  • Asia: Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam.
  • Europe: Bosnia and Herzegovinia, Serbia, Ukraine.
  • Oceania: Fiji, Papua New Guinea.
Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) - UEA. We support the sustainable development goals.