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International funding - ODA

What is Official Development Assistance (ODA)?

ODA funded research forms part of the UK Government's pledge to spend 0.5% of Gross National Income (GNI) on aid to developing countries. ODA research must promote the social and economic welfare of a low or middle-income country on the OECD's DAC list. Projects should focus on sustainable development, as outlined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Applicants should embed ODA compliance in their research from the start, and work closely with international partners to design their research questions.


Leeds internal ODA guidelines

Leeds response to safeguarding in international research

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) research uptake guidance

NIHR: empowering meaningful community engagement and involvement in global health research

If you are unsure whether your project is ODA compliant, please contact the Global Research Development Team: