The Terra Viva Grants Directory develops and manages information about grants for agriculture, energy, environment, and natural resources in the world's developing countries.

Global Development Network

GDNGrants and awards in economics, policy, and the social sciences on themes related to agriculture, energy, environment, climate change, and water

Principal Office: International


The Global Development Network (GDN) makes grants and awards for research in economics, public policy, and other social sciences. Thematic areas in the GDN include agriculture; energy; environment and climate change; and water – among many others.

GDN’s premise is that good policy research, when properly applied, can accelerate development and improve people’s lives.

Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources

The GDN supports work in economics, public policy, and other social sciences cutting across the “green sector,” or addressing specific topics within it.

1 — Global Development Awards and Medals Competition. Themes for the awards differ from year to year. The awards are open to citizens and permanent residents of developing and transition countries.

About the Global Development Awards and Medals Competition

APPLICATION: Each year, GDN invites applications for its global development awards and medals competition. Grant makers consult GDN’s announcements for details on themes and calendar deadlines.


2 — Global Research Projects. Each global project involves case studies in different countries on a common theme, and each operates via networking among researchers from different countries. Most global projects are for multiple years, and most are funded by major donor organizations. Each project is unique in terms of who is eligible to participate. The size of grants is highly variable.

About Global Research Projects

APPLICATION: From time to time, GDN announces new Global Research Projects. They are launched through calls for proposals.


3 — Regional Research Competitions. These are managed by research organizations which serve as GDN’s hosts in each of several world regions. Each regional network has procedures and guidelines for the grants it may make available.

About Regional Research Competitions

APPLICATION: Each regional network has a website, linked from GDN’s main website. Grant opportunities are announced on the regional sites.

Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries



GDN’s annual report provides a comprehensive summary of the network’s most recent activities and achievements.

GDN provides contact information for its offices in New Delhi and Washington.

Last Profile Review

 March 2016