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What were big international aid and development agencies doing in science in 2012? Catch up with the key news stories.

SciDev.Net looks back over the past year's news from the major international development agencies.

Key stories include Canada's International Development Research Centre closing two of its six regional offices and terminating support for its Innovation for Inclusive Development programme, and Australia's overseas aid programme planning to increase research funding by 20 per cent in 2013 and launching a medical research strategy geared towards the needs of developing countries.

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Maize farmer, Africa - Flickr/M. DeFreese/CIMMYT

New USAID grants to boost development science

USAID has announced new grants for US universities and colleges to boost research of benefit to developing countries.

Maize farmer, Africa - Flickr/M. DeFreese/CIMMYT

IDRC cuts regional offices and ends innovation programme

Canada's International Development Research Centre is to close two of its six global offices following heavy budget cuts.

Maize farmer, Africa - Flickr/M. DeFreese/CIMMYT

Royal Society and DFID launch fund for African research

A capacity building fund will link up UK and African research teams to investigate water, renewable energy and soil.

Maize farmer, Africa - Flickr/M. DeFreese/CIMMYT

AusAID boosts investment in impact-based research

An Australian research plan for its overseas aid has pledged new resources and a focus on user-driven and open-access research.

Maize farmer, Africa - Flickr/M. DeFreese/CIMMYT

AusAID to boost funding for health innovation research

Health research and innovation geared towards the needs of developing countries are the focus of AusAID's draft medical strategy.

Maize farmer, Africa - Flickr/M. DeFreese/CIMMYT

UK's DFID urged to step up a gear on capacity building

A parliamentary report has suggested a range of measures the UK can take to improve capacity building for science and technology in developing nations.

Maize farmer, Africa - Flickr/M. DeFreese/CIMMYT

USAID steps up its science efforts

The US Agency for International Development has upgraded its science advice and launched 'development labs' at top universities.

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