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Call for expressions of interest: Women’s Economic Empowerment in a Low-Carbon COVID-19 Recovery

Call for
Expressions of interest
Sustainable Inclusive Economies
Up to 30 months
Social Policy
Far East Asia
Middle East
North Africa
North of Sahara
South America
South Asia
South of Sahara
West Indies
Funded by
CA$750,000 – CA$1 million per project. Grants will be awarded subject to availability of funds.
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IDRC seeks short proposals for projects that will support the generation and use of nationally and locally relevant evidence on women’s economic empowerment in a low-carbon COVID-19 recovery

in the Global South. Lasting up to 30 months, the research projects can either be single- or multi-country studies led by organizations in one country or across countries.

Projects should support the generation of solutions-oriented, local research and evidence that help address the specific and systemic barriers women face during and after the COVID-19 pandemic and in accessing opportunities that arise in new low-carbon economic activities. Projects should address new barriers that have arisen during the pandemic, the continued disproportionate burden of unpaid care work and gendered social norms, and ways to support and scale women-led initiatives that promote sustainable recovery.

The research will contribute to building more inclusive and sustainable pandemic responses and recovery in low- and lower-middle-income countries.


This call for expressions of interest (EOIs) is open to organizations with legal corporate registration, based in low- and middle-income countries.  

We encourage applications from institutions and consortia of organizations with multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder, and diverse teams and collaborative projects with partnerships between research organizations, policymakers, private-sector actors, and non-profit and grassroot organizations.

Individual persons and applicants from the United Nations system, donor and multi-lateral organizations are NOT eligible to apply to this call.

More details on the eligibility criteria of this call can be found in the call document.

More details

For more information about the call objectives, eligibility, timelines, and application guidelines, please refer to the detailed call for expressions of interest.

Please also consult our Frequently Asked Questions.

The submission deadline for proposals is April 13, 2021. All EOIs must be submitted through the IDRC online application portal.  

If you are eligible for this opportunity we welcome you to submit an application.

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