The DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme (DEGRP) aims to fund world class scientific research on issues relating to economic growth in low-income countries (LICs), with high potential for impact on policy and practice. The aim of the programme is to support high quality, policy-relevant research focused on key questions relating to economic growth in LICs. In addition, the programme includes work to ensure that this evidence is effectively synthesised and disseminated to key audiences in order to support its uptake and impact on growth policy at national and international levels.

The programme encompasses research on three themes within an LIC context: Agriculture, Innovation and Financial sector development along with what had previously been the DFID-ESRC China and Africa Research Programme (DECARP), with a combined budget of £25.4 million. To date DEGRP has funded a portfolio of 43 grants across four research calls.

In support of its aim to ensure that the research these grants generate is used and has an impact on growth policy in developing countries, the DEGRP Evidence and Policy Group (EPG) continues to provide support to individual projects to help improve the likely impact of their evidence on policy and practice. The EPG also works to raise the programme's profile internationally, create networks around key issues and to communicate the key overarching messages emerging from each of the DEGRP themes.

Impact

In addition to building high quality evidence, the programme also aims to ensure that the research is used and has an impact on growth policy in developing countries. The Evidence and Policy Group (EPG) was contracted in September 2012 to support both the programme and its projects to maximise the profile, uptake and impact of DEGRP’s research. Visit the DEGRP website for more information.