The CDAF will strengthen capacity to address global challenges by enhancing and extending the core work of the Centre beyond our research team and case study countries. The overall objectives of this funding scheme are to:

  1. strengthen capacity to undertake urban research at the neighbourhood level;
  2. strengthen capacity to use research to influence urban planning, policy and practicein fast growing cities in developing countries and emerging economies; and
  3. foster interdisciplinary collaborationand strengthen a global network of emerging urban scholars.


SHLC will consider funding small, medium and large projects. There is no defined budget for each project, but as a guide the CDAF will support:

  • Small: £1,000-£5,000
  • Medium: £5,000-£15,000
  • Large: £15,000-£25,000



SHLC’s Capacity Development Acceleration Fund supports a range of different activities, but first and foremost applicants must focus on SHLC ‘challenge areas’ (more information in application guide) within neighbourhoods and cities of one or more ODA (Official Development Assistance) eligible countries. Visit the OECD for more information about ODA eligible countries, including definition and coverage.

Visiting fellowships and pilot projects should complement the core work of SHLC by:

  • Extending: SHLC research and methodologies in a new context, such as a different city beyond our case study countries;
  • Enhancing: capacity of individuals, teams and organisations beyond the core SHLC consortium to address global challenges in fast-growing cities through research, training or knowledge exchange events;
  • Translating: SHLC’s key research findings for community settings with non-academic audiences through creative engagement, like community events or creative content such as storytelling through, for example, video, photography, infographics or virtual reality.

Individuals or organisations focused on urban, health and education ‘development’ within cities across ODA-eligible developing countries and emerging economies.

  • Organisations, such as:
    • SHLC consortium partners
    • Research institutions, based in the UK or in ODA-eligible countries, but must be focused on developing countries
    • Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organisations, based in the UK or in ODA-eligible countries, but must be focused on developing countries
  • Individuals, including:
    • Early career researchers
    • PhD students
    • Policymakers and practitioners
    • Business professionals
Does Cover
  • Travel (economy flights only) and reasonable daily subsistence
  • Technical support (in exceptional cases hardware such as interview recorders, but not laptops) for data collection, processing and storage in order to support research and knowledge mobilisation activities.
  • Transcription and translation to support interviews and focus groups.
  • Room hire, catering, printing, use of audio visual equipment, independent external trainer/facilitator time (not salary) to support training workshops/events/conferences and/or public/community events.
Does NOT Cover
  • Salary (academic and administrative)
  • PhD studentships
  • Scholarships