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Four years, £2.75m: UK government looks to fill nutrition data gaps

UK calls for novel ideas for nutrition data collection and analysis using new technologies. ©

The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) is offering up to £2.75m in funding for a three to four year research programme on potential low-cost solutions to “critical nutrition-related data gaps”.

“In particular, the programme will focus on improving the availability, quality and use of surveillance and early warning data across a range of countries to help mitigate the impact of seasonal food insecurity, disease outbreaks, and other shocks and disasters on malnutrition (including stunting and wasting),” said the DFID, the UK government department responsible for overseas aid.

It said the successful programme proposal would likely involve innovative modelling using open access and novel solutions to data collection and analysis, which “make best use of new technologies whilst avoiding overburdening existing data collection systems”.

Full details of the Strengthening Data for Nutrition Programme (SDNP) tender will be posted in early 2016 and the DFID will hold a meeting for possible bidders on Friday 12th February, for which interested parties should register by Monday 8th February.

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