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Q. Where do I start with an ODA research project?

If you would like to start doing ODA research but are looking for general directions on how your research could benefit and impact low- and middle- income countries, reaching out to partners and scoping funding opportunities, you can contact the Cambridge Global Challenges Strategic Research Initiative, which provides support and guidance to Cambridge researchers. Cambridge-Africa will also be able to provide guidance and help link you with potential partner institutions in Africa. Any health research projects can be supported by the new Cambridge Public Health Interdisciplinary Research Centre, which now includes a dedicated Global Health theme.

If you have a project with a potential funding call/source in mind and partners already involved, please get in touch with your relevant ROO Research Development team to let them know of your intention to submit and to get information about what operational processes need to be followed. Please make sure you meet the internal ROO submission deadlines.

You can email any other general query or request to

Q. How do I know my project is ODA research?

Projects with partners on the DAC-list of ODA-eligible nations are not automatically ODA compliant research. If your research question is primarily addressing problems of developing countries, rather than repeating research that is done in high income countries, your project may likely be eligible. The proposal needs to include all other aspects of ODA research too, including evidence of equitable partnerships and capacity strengthening.

Please read more about ODA compliance here.

Q. Where can I find more information about building equitable and fair research partnerships?

Researchers and research support staff considering taking part or already working in collaborative development research can find more information and resources about building fair and equal partnerships:

Q. What University networks/centres support development research programmes and projects?

  • Cambridge-Africa
  • Interdisciplinary Research Centres, Initiatives and Networks:
    • Conservation, Energy
    • Global Food Security
    • Infectious Diseases
    • Global Challenges
    • Synthetic Biology
    • Public Health
    • Reproduction (maternal health in sub-Saharan Africa)
  • Research for Equitable Access and Learning Centre (Faculty of Education)
  • Consortium for the Global South (collaboration by Centre of African Studies, Centre of Development Studies, Centre of Latin American Studies and Centre of South Asian Studies at the Department of Politics and International Studies)
  • Centre for India & Global Business (Cambridge Judge Business School)
  • Cambridge Migration Research Network –Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement (Institute of Criminology)
  • Centre for Governance and Human Rights (Department of Politics and International Studies)
  • Cambridge Society for Social and Economic Development (Department of Politics and International Studies)
  • University of Cambridge Colleges: Wolfson College Global Health hub, Hughes Hall, Newnham College - Margaret Anstee Centre for Global Studies