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Call for Expressions of Interest: Regional hubs for climate change and health research

0Launch date: February 26, 2024

Application process: Two-stage process involving 1) submission of Expressions of Interest and 2) invitation to submit Full Proposals. 

This first stage of the anticipatory call for Expressions of Interest requires interested applicants to demonstrate that their organizations and proposed project team are eligible to be considered to host a regional hub for climate change and health research. Demonstration of eligibility involves submitting supporting documents for each of the eligibility criteria listed in this call. The submission of these documents via the application portal wholly constitutes your expression of interest.

Applicants that are assessed to have successfully demonstrated that they meet the eligibility criteria will be invited to the second stage to submit their full technical proposals. 

Submission deadline: Expressions of Interest must be received no later than April 5, 2024, at 17:00 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Funding: Supported by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and other funding partners. IDRC is pleased to announce an anticipatory call for expressions of interest on research to address knowledge and capacity gaps at the intersection of climate change and health in the Global South.

Through this call, up to five institutions will be funded to establish regional hubs in the Global South. These hubs will initiate and manage regional research programs in West and Central Africa, East and Southern Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa.

The amount available is anticipated to be up to CAD4 million per hub for up to four years. This amount may increase with additional partner funding pooled through IDRC.

11. About IDRC, the Program Divisions and the Focus Area

IDRC is a Crown corporation created in 1970 by the Parliament of Canada. IDRC supports and strengthens the capacity of people and institutions in developing countries to undertake the research that they identify as most urgent. It works with researchers and research users as they confront contemporary challenges within their own countries and contributes to global advances in their fields.

The Centre’s 10-year strategy, Strategy 2030, affirms IDRC’s vision for a more sustainable and inclusive world, and commits the Centre to the following mission: IDRC will be a leader in research for development, investing in high-quality research and innovation, sharing knowledge for greater uptake and use, and mobilizing alliances for more sustainable, prosperous and inclusive societies.

In the context of this strategy, we identified the following five programs that, with a strong gender and inclusion lens, will shape IDRC’s work over the next decade – making knowledge a tool for improving lives across the developing world:

  • Climate-Resilient Food Systems
  • Democratic and Inclusive Governance
  • Education and Science 
  • Global Health 
  • Sustainable Inclusive Economies

This anticipatory Call for Expression of Interest pertains to the Global Health Division. Gender equality and inclusion are central to all our programs. From our internal operations, programming, to partnerships, gender equality and inclusion are central strategies for equitable impact, particularly for vulnerable groups like women, girls and Indigenous groups.

22. Overview of the call

Background and rationale

The climate crisis disproportionately affects vulnerable communities, exacerbating health and social disparities and straining healthcare systems globally. Building resilient healthcare systems is vital in low-income countries with limited resources. The most impacted frontline responders are often from marginalized communities, and healthcare workers, the majority who are women, are ill-prepared to respond effectively to climate-induced health emergencies and disease outbreaks. Further, the significant health co-benefits from climate interventions need to be demonstrated more widely and integrated into climate mitigation and adaptation policies to maximise health outcomes. 

Given the breadth and overlap of climate-related risk factors, health sector responses stand to benefit from research that leads to health systems strengthening, and is embedded in the context of community, national, regional, and global climate action. Complementing the health systems orientation, the health sector response ought to be grounded in community-based responses that are co-created with, for, and by local communities, grassroots organizations and civil society, with special attention to women, girls, Indigenous and other disadvantaged groups. Importantly, research that is interdisciplinary and intersectoral is vital to build the evidence for health system strengthening, which is still siloed by discipline and organizational structures. Moreover, there is a pressing need to support research spearheaded by low- and middle- income countries (LMICs), and research that meaningfully measures and seeks to redress gender inequality and social exclusion.

To help address critical knowledge gaps at the intersection of climate change and health, this call seeks to establish regional research hubs on climate change and health — one each in West and Central Africa, East and Southern Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa. Each hub will be managed by an organization or consortium of organizations. The selected regional hub will be tasked with establishing, managing and supporting a cohort of networked research projects in their respective region. The selected hubs will be expected to develop this networked cohort through one or more open competitive calls on priority topics relevant to the geographic scope of their corresponding region. It is expected that the selected cohorts of research projects will represent linguistic, gender and geographic diversity across the respective region; diversity across thematic areas relevant to climate change and health; full integration of gender equality and inclusion in all aspects of work; diversity based on different determinants and attributes of vulnerability; and diversity of involved stakeholders such as policymakers, civil society, and private sector representatives. The hubs will also have additional analytic, networking and capacity strengthening roles.

Key objectives

The expected outcomes for this funding opportunity are:

  • Increasing availability of disaggregated and intersectional climate and health data that are interoperable, openly accessible and enable community and health system actors to depict the complex intersections between climate change and health;
  • Equipping policymakers with newly available climate, health and inequality data/evidence and utilizing these sources to design and implement an integrated approach to strengthening gender responsive health systems with a focus on primary healthcare; 
  • Improving capacities and involvement of individuals, organizations and networks within the geographic scope of the research hub based in LMICs (with strong representation, participation, and leadership from equity-seeking groups) to design, implement, assess and inform solutions toward more climate-resilient health systems;
  • Enhancing health systems’ surge capacity and preparing the health systems’ workforce, in particular in community and primary health care settings, to fully integrate gender and inclusion-sensitive measures to respond to climate-induced health risks and shocks, and equipping it with contextualized, robust, and equity-based knowledge, systems and networks;
  • Increasing the application, reach and impact of generated evidence by strategically positioning efforts at subnational, national or regional levels.

Thematic focus areas

Research programs developed by a research hub will seek to strengthen health systems and related systems to advance an understanding of, and action on, the following themes:

  • Responsive health and climate data and information systems that are interoperable, disaggregated, intersectional and secure;
  • Development of a skilled, diverse and inclusive health workforce, and enhanced surge capacity to prevent and respond to climate-induced health risks and shocks;
  • Mobilization of equitable health policy and services research (including relevant economic, political, and social factors) for better care, resilience and gender-responsiveness of health systems. 

33. Funding scope and duration

Applicants invited to the second stage of this funding opportunity and whose full proposals are recommended for funding by an external review committee, will have up to 48 months and a budget of up to CAD4 million to implement their proposed research network. The projects duration will not exceed 48 months, including all research activities and final reporting.

Funding will support grants to establish research hubs and implementation support, including research projects, knowledge sharing, stakeholder engagement, communication, and monitoring and evaluation. Thorough integration of gender equality and inclusion principles must be demonstrated.

The grant amount available is anticipated to be up to CAD4 million per hub for up to four years. This amount may increase or decrease subject to available funding. Note that IDRC is dedicated to identifying and developing collaborations with other funding organizations and stakeholders to enhance the availability of funding for this strategic initiative and to create, where appropriate, opportunities for collaboration and knowledge mobilization related to the scope of this funding opportunity.

All grants are subject to sufficient funds being made available to IDRC by the Parliament of Canada or under a donor partnership agreement with other funding partners.

IDRC reserves the right to cancel this Call for Expressions of Interest at any time without prior notice and/or to not issue any grants under this process.

IDRC is under no obligation to issue any funds prior to the applicant returning a fully executed Grant Agreement to IDRC.

For each grant, the recommended budgetary allocation is as follows:

Sub-grants47%This is the minimum proportion that each Hub must allocate to subgrants via a competitive call for proposals in their respective regions.
Hub operations40%Includes personnel costs, consultants, travel, communications, knowledge translation, technical support to sub-grantees, situational analyses and case studies.
Indirect costs13%Total indirect cost must be fairly distributed among the hub, its partners, and sub-grantees.

44. Indicative scope of work for the hubs

The following are indicative activities that could be performed by the regional research hub.

Set up and manage the hub:

  • Develop and run a call for proposals on climate change and health that is aligned with the thematic priorities of this funding opportunity and responsive to regional contexts.
  • Develop and manage a peer review committee, made up of multi-disciplinary and diverse panel of experts, to assess applications to the call for proposals.
  • Provide grants to successful research teams and support them implement their respective research projects.
  • Manage grants to research teams (henceforth referred to as sub-grantees to IDRC), including sub-grantee monitoring and evaluation.
  • Produce interim and final technical and financial reports for IDRC. 

Support to research cohort of the hub (the hub network):

  • Provide technical and methodological assistance to sub-grantees as required.
  • Ensure hub projects and activities integrate gender equality and inclusion approaches into their proposed research projects.
  • Plan and run workshops and other capacity support activities designed to collectively tackle common issues and/or facilitate cross-project collaboration where appropriate.
  • Support hub members in finding engagement and knowledge translation opportunities with climate change and health initiatives that may benefit from their research results and methods.
  • Facilitate sub-grantee reporting.
  • Connect sub-grantees to other resources (knowledge, financial) as required. 

International collaboration and engagement:

  • Coordinate with other regional hubs to facilitate cross-regional communication, learning and collaboration where appropriate.
  • Coordinate with IDRC and other funding partners to engage in global and multi-disciplinary exchange and organize joint initiatives and events as appropriate.

Contributing to advancing knowledge and policy dialogues:

  • Play an active role in knowledge sharing and mobilization activities at the hub level to support understanding, uptake and scaling of climate and health research to inform policy and practice.
  • Assist all sub-grantees to make their data sets comply with open access aims and rules.
  • Facilitate the production and sharing of research outputs stemming from the hub and ensure research publication in appropriate venues in accordance with IDRC’s Open Access Policy.
  • Carry out relevant and select analyses to support the aims of this call and increase the impact of the research carried out in the region. 

Monitoring and evaluation:

  • Design and implement a framework for results tracking and the synthesis of lessons learned from across the different projects supported by the hub.

Please note that the organization(s) selected to host each regional research hub will not be involved in implementing any research project on climate change and health using funds from this grant. However, the Lead Applicant Organization and its collaborating partners may set aside up to 10% of the total grant to conduct relevant situational analyses and/or cases studies relevant to the expected outcomes (see Key Objectives).

55. Application process

Applying to this funding opportunity will take place in two stages: 1) submission of Expressions of Interest and 2) invitation to submit full proposals. 

  1. Submission of Expressions of Interest

The aim of this stage is for interested applicants to demonstrate that their organization and proposed project teams are eligible to host a regional hub for climate change and health research. Demonstration of eligibility involves submission of supporting documentation for each of the eligibility criteria listed in this call (see next section).

Interested applicants are required to submit their Expression of Interest through the application portal. This stage is mandatory. You will be unable to proceed to the next stage of this funding opportunity if you do not submit an Expression of Interest. 

To prepare your Expression of Interest, you will need to:

  1. review the eligibility criteria in this Call;
  2. collect the supporting documents for the eligibility criteria;
  3. complete a five- to six-page narrative ( see Section 8).

Once you have all completed both steps, you can visit the application portal where you will:

  1. complete basic background information about your organization and lead applicant;
  2. tick the checkboxes confirming that you meet each eligibility criteria;
  3. upload your supporting documentation;
  4. upload your five- to six-page narrative;
  5. accept the terms and conditions and submit your application.

This process completes your submission of an Expression of Interest.

2. Invitation to submit full proposals

All information and supporting documents submitted through the application portal will be reviewed by IDRC internal staff. Only applicants that successfully demonstrate that they have met all the eligibility criteria will then be invited to submit full technical proposals. Full technical proposals will be reviewed by an external scientific committee. Additional information about the full proposal stage can be found in Section 11.

66. Eligibility criteria

Expressions of Interest need to meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered:

  • The Lead Applicant Organisation to this call must be headquartered in an eligible country in the respective region where it operates (West and Central Africa, East and Southern Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa). See Annex 3 for the list of eligible countries. Organizations that do not meet this requirement are welcome to apply as part of a consortium. 
  • The Lead Applicant Organization must have independent legal status (or “legal personality”) and be capable of contracting in their own right and name, receiving and administering funds, and have authority to direct proposed project activities. Applicants must be able to demonstrate legal status through written documentation. Legal status will only be reviewed if and when applicants are selected following technical selection.
  • The Call is not open to individuals or government ministries, and agencies or branches, offices and chapters of international organizations, but it is open to public research institutes, think tanks and universities. Regional or country offices of international organisations are ineligible to apply as Lead Applicant Organizations even if these offices are registered as independent legal entities in their countries of location. 

The complete list of eligibility criteria for this Call is included in Section 7 – Eligibility evaluation criteria, below. 

Please note that for the purposes of this funding opportunity, the following definitions apply:

Lead Applicant Organization: Institution that is leading and coordinating the application and where the lead applicant is based. The Lead Applicant Organization must have a legal corporate registration in an eligible country. For proposals selected for funding, IDRC will only enter into a funding agreement with the identified Lead Applicant Organization.

Co-Applicant Organization: Institutions that are direct partners in the research hub and jointly share with the Lead Applicant Organization the intellectual responsibility for and ownership of the knowledge and outputs produced. International organizations are eligible to apply as Co-Applicant Organizations provided that they have regional chapters or offices with appropriate legal status to operate and manage funds in an eligible country.

Consortium: A group of two or more institutions to respond to this Call for Expressions of Interest. Includes the Lead Applicant Organization and up to two Co-Applicant Organizations.

Lead Applicant: This is the principal investigator who is employed by and based at the Lead Applicant Organization. This individual must be a citizen or permanent resident with a primary work affiliation in an eligible country.

Co- Applicant: Named individuals employed by the Co-Applicant Organization.

Core Team: Includes the Lead Applicant and up to five Co-Applicants. This team provides the intellectual direction, technical and administrative support for the research hub.

Advisory Committee: Includes a multisectoral transdisciplinary group of individuals representing various stakeholders including governments, nonprofits, development partners, civil society, grassroots organizations, women and youth groups, Indigenous and other equity-seek groups, and the private sector.

7. 7Eligibility evaluation criteria

This anticipatory Call for Expressions of Interest will be reviewed by IDRC internally based on the criteria and supporting documentation listed below. All submitted documents are confidential and managed accordingly by IDRC. 

 Criteria  Supporting documentation Scoring  
1  Lead Applicant Organization is headquartered in an eligible country in one of five regions (Asia, West and Central Africa, Eastern and Southern Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean).  

Legal documentation confirming your organization's creation and independent legal status.  




Met/Not met  
2  Proposed collaborating organizations (Lead Applicant Organization and Co-Applicant Organizations) have combined expertise in health systems strengthening and climate change. Documentary proof of research programming in the last five years on health systems strengthening and climate change. Acceptable documents include strategic plans, annual reports, and/or recognition letters from national, regional or international bodies demonstrating this expertise. All submitted documents must demonstrate that they pre-date this call for EOIs. Met/Not met  
3  Lead Applicant Organization has the ability to transfer funds to organizations outside their country, and within their region of operation.  Documented proof of financial transfers or grants to three or more organizations in the last five years. The value of these transfers must have a combined value of $500,000 CAD or more. Documents submitted must show that the financial transfers are to organizations outside your primary country of operation and must pre-date this call for EOIs. Sub-grants must not be subjected to any taxation or mandatory deductions in your country of domicile.  Met/Not met  
4  Lead Applicant Organization has a history of securing two or more research or program grants valued at $2 million CAD or higher within the past five years.  

Documented proof of receiving institutional grants including grant award letters or notification, public announcements, correspondence, or emails, etc. All submitted documents must demonstrate that they pre-date this call for EOIs. 


Met/Not met  
Core Team collectively has extensive relevant background in research programming on health and climate change.
  1. List of up to five research grants (within the past 5 years) on health and climate change (including impact equity) awarded to members of the Core Team. List should include the title of the grant/award, name of principal investigator, duration (including start and end dates), funding amount, and name of funder(s). 
  2. List of up to 10 peer-reviewed publications (within the past 5 years) on health and climate change by members of the Core Team. List should include authors, title of article, date of publication, title of publication, volume, issue, page numbers, and either a DOI or URL.  
Met/Not met  

One or more members of the Core Team has a history of collaborating or partnering with at least two of the following:  

  • Women, youth-led or Indigenous groups 
  • Ministries of Health, Environment or other government agencies related to heath and/or climate action 
  • Community-based or grassroots organizations 
  • Civil society organizations  
Supporting evidence could include signed MoUs, sub-grant agreements or signed letters of support (up to three in total). Please note that these documents MUST pre-date the announcement of this call for EOIs.  Met/Not met  

88. Expression of Interest format and requirements 

Applicants must complete an online application portal on the Survey Monkey Apply platform. The application form will instruct applications to provide details on the proposed regional hub, the organizations and core team, and how the applicants meet all of the eligibility criteria. Supporting documents must also be uploaded through the application portal.

Fields to be completed in application portal

Maximum word count 


Maximum word count 


Applicant details

  1. Provide the full title of the proposed regional hub (250 characters max). 
  2. Provide the name of the Lead Applicant Organization. 
  3. Provide the name(s) of the Co-Applicant Organization(s). 
  4. Provide the names of the Core Team
  5. Name, title and institution of Principal Investigator
  6. Name(s), title(s), and institution(s) of Co-PIs (no more than five names)

Provide the location of the research hub region (selection one).

  • Asia 
  • Latin America and Caribbean 
  • Middle East and North Africa 
  • East and Southern Africa
  • West and Central Africa
Narrative section: Applicants are to explain how the documents submitted meet the 6 eligibility requirements. Documents submitted may not be self-explanatory and this is your opportunity to clarify what the document is and how it satisfies the criterion.5 pages max6 pages max
Any other additional relevant information 150 words max200 words max

99. Submission process

IDRC invites eligible applicants to submit an electronic application through the application portal in SurveyMonkey Apply ™ for this Call before the deadline.

  • Applications must be received by no later than April 5, 2024 at 17:00 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Applications can be submitted in either English or French.

An acknowledgement of receipt of your submission will be sent to all applicants whose application was received before the deadline.

1010. Selection process

Responding to this anticipatory Call is the first step in the application process.

Expressions of Interest will be reviewed using the eligibility evaluation criteria outlined above. Successful applications will be those that demonstrate that they have met all the eligibility evaluation criteria. IDRC program staff can only determine if your application has met all the criteria if you provide the required supporting documentation at the time of application. Thus, the accuracy and appropriateness of your supporting documentation and narrative description will determine whether your application has met the eligibility criteria. Only applicants whose Expressions of Interest that pass this stage will be invited to submit a full proposal. 

In the second stage, full proposals will be reviewed and shortlisted by an external scientific committee. The committee will assess the applications according to proposal evaluation criteria outlined in Section 11.

The technical selection of a proposal does not constitute a formal commitment by IDRC to fund the project. IDRC will have no obligation to issue any funds prior to the applicant returning an executed Grant Agreement issued to them by IDRC. See “Outline of the Selection process” below for further information. 

Outline of the selection process for Expressions of Interest:

  1. The Call is launched. 
  2. Expressions of Interest are submitted by the deadline. 
  3. Late applications are eliminated. 
  4. Incomplete and ineligible applications are eliminated. 
  5. Applicants are notified on decision on Expressions of Interest. 
  6. Successful applicants are invited to submit full proposals. 
  7. Invited applicants to participate in information webinars. 
  8. Full proposals are submitted by the deadline. 

1111. Requirements for applicants invited to submit full proposals

As noted previously, only applicants whose Expressions of Interest are successful will be invited to submit a full proposal. Full proposals will be reviewed by an independent, external, expert review committee (external scientific committee). The committee will provide IDRC a rank order recommendation for each region. 

The external scientific committee will consider the following indicative review criteria in the evaluation of all proposals. The final evaluation criteria will be communicated to those invited to submit full proposals and may differ from the criteria below.

AA. Indicative evaluation criteria for full proposals

 Review criteria Weight  

Research hub objectives and conceptual framing

  • a clear and concise framing of the state of knowledge and practice on climate change and health that builds on the thematic priorities of this funding opportunity and provides a clear rationale for the objectives below. This framing is grounded in the regional context where the research hub will operate.
  • well thought-out general and specific objectives that are aligned with thematic priorities of this funding opportunity, relevant in the local/regional context and can make lasting contributions to the field.

Priority areas and approach to operationalizing the hub

  • flowing from the analysis of the regional context and stated objectives, a clear outline of the priority areas and research foci for the research, training and knowledge mobilization efforts.
  • a detailed plan that describes how the hub will be organized and how sub-grantees will be identified, selected, and managed.
  • a governance structure, including composition and functions of an advisory committee, that is designed to address complexities of establishing and managing a regional hub.
  • a comprehensive Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning plan.
  • a detailed description of approaches to providing capacity strengthening support to sub-grantees and other relevant actors.
  • a clear vision for sustainability of the research hubs beyond the IDRC funding.
  • the proposal describes how the team has anticipated risks that may be encountered in operationalizing and running the hubs and articulates clear and appropriate plans to mitigate any challenges.

Knowledge mobilization and impact

  • a detailed description of appropriate, clear, and creative knowledge mobilization strategies.
  • a clear description of the extent to which local communities, particularly under-served women and girls, Indigenous peoples, civil society organizations and decision-makers at the local, district and national levels will be engaged in defining priority evidence needs and knowledge translation strategies.
  • A clear and coherent articulation of knowledge mobilization activities that focus on positioning evidence for use in programming and policy, as well as to inform advocacy and accountability initiatives at the regional level.

Team composition and commitment to gender equality, diversity and inclusion

  • the proposal demonstrates that the core team has the experience and skills necessary to create a relevant and high-quality research program and support hub partners. The core team must demonstrate how their work has embraced gender-based analysis and intersectionality.
  • the proposal demonstrates a commitment to engaging a diversity of team members, including women, young people and Indigenous people, with an emphasis on how team composition, recruitment process, research environments and training activities will be designed and determined.


  • the proposal and proposed budget demonstrate clear and coherent plans for the use of available funding, appropriate for the proposed activities.

BB. Cross cutting considerations for full proposals

IDRC gender equality and inclusion considerations

IDRC strives for equality in all aspects of its work. We support the generation of knowledge — including by individuals from diverse genders, communities, histories and experiences — that tackles the systems which perpetuate inequalities based on identity. Inequalities exist across multiple and intersecting categories of identity, including, but not limited to, the following: gender, sexuality, age, class, race, caste, ethnicity, citizenship status, religion, and ability. Taking an intersectional approach to gender equality recognizes these differences and understands diversity as central to advancing equality. Given that gender inequality is a significant barrier across all dimensions of diversity, IDRC invests specific efforts in ensuring its work promotes gender equality and inclusion. 

For additional background, please see IDRC’s Equality Statement.

Accordingly, proposals should demonstrate how gender equality and inclusion will be promoted and adopted using an intersectional approach, both with respect to the following: (i) team composition and organizations comprising the research team; and (ii) the design and implementation of the proposed research. 

Applicants should refer to Annex 1 below for a series of questions that can be used to help guide these aspects in the development of full proposals. 

Research ethics

Research work must be carried out in accordance with high ethical standards, in keeping with IDRC’s Corporate Principles on Research Ethics. The Grant Agreement further outlines applicable ethics standards. 

Prior to commencing research, applicants may need to obtain approval from an official institutional or national research ethics body. In contexts where there is no official institutional or national research ethics body, the applications will need to propose how they plan on setting up an ethics committee for the project. 

After approval of the project by IDRC, successful organizations are expected to submit ethics approval documents to IDRC, and to monitor and report on ethical risks and their management as the research is implemented.

1212. Post full proposal selection requirements

Proposal and budget finalization

Prior to finalizing a Grant Agreement, IDRC will share feedback from the review process with the applicants and may request revisions to the submitted proposal and budget. A revised proposal with the necessary revisions must be returned to IDRC in a timely manner. 

Country clearance requirements

In some cases, IDRC has scientific and technical cooperation agreements with the governments of the countries where we support projects. Where such agreements exist, IDRC may require additional or alternative approval processes to be followed to comply with such agreements. Otherwise, grantees must follow the prevailing approval procedure as required by the government authority. This is often administered by a coordinating or nodal agency of the government and varies by jurisdiction.

An IDRC grant administration representative will advise the selected applicant if any country procedures need to be followed. A grant agreement will only be issued if and once country clearance(s) is/are obtained. IDRC reserves the right to not pursue the funding of a selected project if the country approval is not secured within six months after IDRC officially announces approval of the project, as this would jeopardize the timely completion of the initiative.

After an institutional assessment of an applicant’s organization is performed, IDRC may identify operational or financial weaknesses that could pose some administrative risks to the proposed project. In such cases, IDRC reserves the right to request that the applicant’s organization partner with another institution as a condition of receiving the grant.

Sub recipients

In cases where the recipient will manage sub-grantees, the country requirements that apply to sub-grantees are also documented in the grant agreement. It becomes the responsibility of the grantee to ensure that sub-grantees meet these requirements. 

Country risk

IDRC funds research in locations that respond to the corporate and programmatic plans and objectives approved by IDRC’s Board of Governors. Project proposals and risk mitigation measures may need to be revised where:

  • project activities may be affected by legal restrictions on transferring funds or other resources to specific entities;
  • due to physical remoteness, physical risks to IDRC employees in particular regions, or other inaccessibility factors prevent IDRC from properly monitoring and supporting the project; or
  • applicable laws and regulations prevent institutions from accessing funds.

Grant Agreement

Any selected proponents must sign IDRC’s standard Grant Agreement to receive funds. Please refer to our Standard Terms and Conditions for a Grant Agreement. The grant agreement will provide a schedule for submitting interim and final technical and financial reports. Although there is no limit on the number of co-applicants in one application, IDRC will only negotiate Grant Agreements with the organization of the lead applicant.

1313. Preliminary Timeline and communication of results

Stage 1 – Expressions of Interest 
Call for Expressions of Interest launchMonday February 26, 2024 
Information session/webinar at 8:00 am EST for all interested applicantsThursday March 7, 2024 
Deadline for submitting Expressions of Interest; receipt of submissions acknowledgedFriday April 5, 2024 
Expression of Interest evaluation by IDRCTuesday April 9, 2024 – Monday April 29, 2024 
Shortlisted successful Expressions of Interest informed they have been selected to submit a full proposal. Unsuccessful applicants also notified.Tuesday April 30, 2024 
Stage 2 – Full proposals
Information sessions/webinars for applicants invited to submit full proposal at 5:00 am EDT and 10:00 am EDT. Invited applicants can attend either session.Thursday May 2, 2024 
Deadline for submitting full proposal closes at 17:00pm ESTFriday June 14, 2024 
External review of full proposals (External Scientific Committee)
Review of full proposals by External Scientific Committee membersWednesday June 19, 2024 – Wednesday July 3, 2024 
Final decisions and internal appraisal
Successful proposals informed they have been selected for potential funding contingent on meeting any specific conditions. Unsuccessful candidates also notified and will receive detailed comment within two weeks from this dateFriday July 19, 2024 
Award start dateTuesday October 1, 2024 

1414. Information session, inquiries, and FAQs

Following the launch of the Call for Expressions of Interest, IDRC will organize an open information session to address any queries from potential applicants. This will take place on: March 7, 2024, at 08:00 EDT/ 13:00 GMT

The link to join this session will be published on our website and social media channels.

Following the invitation to submit full proposals, IDRC will organize two information sessions to address any queries from invited applicants. This will take place on:

Session 1: May 2, 2024, at 05:00 EDT/ 10:00 GMT

Session 2: May 2, 2024, at 10:00 EDT/ 15:00 GMT

The links to join the sessions will be provided to the invitees.

Any inquiries related to this Call for Expressions of Interest and the application process in general should be sent by e-mail to

All inquiries about the Expressions of Interest should be received on or before March 29, 2024 at 17:00 EDT to receive a response prior to the deadline date.

Any inquiries which affect all applicants received on or before the above-mentioned deadline will be added to the FAQs with IDRC’s responses to those inquiries and without revealing the source of the inquiries.

1515. Permission for use and disclosure of information

As a Canadian Crown corporation, IDRC is subject to Canada’s Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. Consequently, any submissions in response to this Call for Expressions of Interest will be managed by IDRC in a manner consistent with applicable legislation and IDRC’s Privacy Policy, including IDRC's obligations to disclose documents requested by members of the public or requests for personal information. More information on how IDRC manages information in accordance with this legislation can be accessed here.

All applicants, as part of the application process through SurveyMonkey Apply, are required to sign IDRC’s Privacy Statement and Terms of Use as well as any terms and conditions of SurveyMonkey at the time the application is submitted, or all applicants must submit an executed copy of Agreement to IDRC’s Privacy Statement for Competitive Calls.

annex1ANNEX 1 - Ensuring research ideas address gender equality and inclusion

IDRC strives for equality in all aspects of its work. Inequalities exist across multiple and intersecting categories of identity, including, but not limited to, gender, sexuality, age, class, race, caste, ethnicity, citizenship status, religion and ability.

Achieving equality varies by place and must be situated within the socio-cultural, political and economic contexts of the different regions where IDRC works. Equally, inequalities are not static and can vary and change over time. 

To promote gender equality and inclusion, it is critical for research projects to strongly consider investigating the roles of sex, gender, and other diverse identities and experiences and their relationship to the history, structures and functioning of these systems.

IDRC recognizes the importance of striking a balance between ambition and pragmatism. Actions to address gender and other inequalities require doing the groundwork to interrogate and surface the ultimate root causes of inequality; at the same time, changing gendered structural dynamics takes time, trust and long-term commitments to policies and practices.

The questions below are intended to guide you in reflecting how your research addresses social and gender equality and inclusion, and how you can strengthen these dimensions in your proposal.

  1. Does your proposal intend to understand and address social and gender inequalities and their underlying causes?
  2. In the context of your proposal, what are the power structures and power dynamics that exist between men and women, and other groups which underpin gender inequality? What are some possible avenues to address and change these conditions?
  3. In the context of your research problem, how is this affected by identities or experiences such as race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, income levels and where individuals live (e.g., rural, urban settings)?
  4. Is there a logical theory of change of how your research objectives will promote or lead to greater gender equality and/or inclusion? What impact will your research proposal have on these aspects?
  5. Do you have a stand-alone objective on addressing gender equality and inclusion? How are other objectives framed in relation to addressing gender equality and inclusion?
  6. How will the proposed conceptual framework(s), research design and related research methods address and analyze the root causes and context-specific factors contributing to intersectional forms of gender inequality? Which individuals and groups should be engaged in co-creating this research design and its implementation — to what extent and how will they be engaged?
  7. Has your project identified clear outcomes and indicators with respect to gender equality and inclusion? Are these integrated into project measurement tools? For example, do you plan to collect and analyze sex-disaggregated data? What about gender-disaggregated data? Have you planned to undertake a pre- and post-project gender analysis?
  8. Does the proposal’s knowledge translation plan integrate sex and gender considerations (including intersectionality) in how the iterative processes of engagement, analysis, synthesis, product development and knowledge facilitation are designed and operationalized?
  9. Do the members of your research team understand contextual gender equality and inclusion issues? Do you have the right skills and experience in your team? Which of your team members will take the lead in designing, implementing, monitoring and assessing your project’s objectives to address gender inequality and inclusion?
  10. Does your research team have a good balance between male and female scientists or scientists of other identities?
  11. Have you clearly budgeted for gender equality and inclusion activities and staffing? Have you allocated sufficient time and resources to strengthen the capacity of your team, partners and other stakeholders on gender and inclusion issues?

annex2ANNEX 2 – Institutional assessment documentation

Successful applicants will be required to provide the following documents to allow IDRC to undertake an institutional assessment prior to confirmation of funding:

  1.  Most recent audited financial statements,* including but not limited to:
    1. Balance Sheet, Statement of Income and Expenses or Profit and Loss, and Statement of Cash Flow;
    2. Notes to the Financial Statements;
    3. Audit Report;
    4. Any Management or Internal Control Letters, and related follow-up response.

*The latest financial statements duly authorized by a financial officer if an audited statement is not available.

  1.  Current organizational chart.
  2.  Human resources manuals.
  3. Finance and administration manuals.
  4. Policy/procedure for procurement.
  5. List of active external donors and their current contributions.
  6. Latest annual report.

annex3ANNEX 3 – List of Eligible Countries

Country location of the lead organization 

For the purpose of this funding opportunity, the following list indicates eligible countries where the lead organization must be located. Applications from organizations not based in these countries will not be considered for funding. This list is final.

This list was informed by IDRC’s current grant-making experiences, our agreements with national authorities and external factors beyond our control that may restrict organizations from performing the expected functions of research hubs.

If you/your organization is interested in the focus of this funding opportunity but you/your organization is not based in a country on this list, you may still be eligible to participate in the research and related activities that the research hubs will support. When the research hubs are selected, we will publish their names and contact information of key personnel on our website to allow interested people/organizations to contact them.


Lao People's Democratic Republic
Papua New Guinea
Sri Lanka
Viet Nam
Latin America and the Caribbean
Costa Rica
Dominican Republic
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Middle East and North Africa
Eastern and Southern Africa
South Africa
West and Central Africa
Cabo Verde
Côte d'Ivoire
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Equatorial Guinea
Sao Tome and Principe
Sierra Leone