The Development and Economic Growth Research Programme (DEGRP) has funded 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 has been 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, which began in March 2011 and ends in September 2021, encompassed 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. DEGRP has funded a portfolio of 43 grants across four research calls and a further 5 follow-on grants which have been exploring new areas of investigation, linked to the original research projects.


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) was contracted in September 2012 to support both the programme and its projects to maximise the profile, uptake and impact of DEGRP’s research. The EPG has continued to provide support to individual projects to help improve the likely impact of their evidence on policy and practice. The EPG has also worked 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 through the production of case studies and synthesis reports. Visit the DEGRP website for more information – please note that this website will be archived in February 2022.