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Call for letters of interest: Addressing neglected areas of sexual and reproductive health and rights in sub-Saharan Africa (ANSRHRA)

Call for
Letters of interest
Global Health
36 months
Eastern and Southern Africa
Central and West Africa
Funded by
IDRC and other funding partners
Grant funding of up to CAD 1.2 million per implementation research team, over a period of up to 36 months.
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The ANSRHRA Initiative will prioritize projects that address the following five priority areas of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR):  

  • improving access to family planning and contraceptive services 
  • expanding access to safe abortion where legally permitted and post-abortion care 
  • upholding SRHR rights and ensuring access to services for adolescents  
  • preventing and improving services for people experiencing sexual and gender-based violence 
  • strengthening advocacy for SRHR 

Successful projects will address at least one of these priority areas of SRHR.  

Letters of interest must demonstrate a capacity for gender-transformative change grounded in a feminist approach to research, integrating systems perspectives drawn from health systems research together with participatory and collaborative approaches to creating evidence, building on local priorities and knowledge, particularly of underserved populations. 

Project teams must include a researcher at an African-based institution in an eligible country as the principal investigator, a senior member of a civil society organization led by and/or prioritizing underserved populations who has been active in supporting priority areas of SRHR as a co-principal investigator, an independent researcher based at a Canadian institution as a co-principal investigator, and at least one relevant local-, district- or national-level decision-maker as a co-investigator from the same country as the principal investigator’s institution.  

The full list of eligibility requirements, including the list of eligible countries, and frequently asked questions (FAQs) can be found in the following links:  

  1. Call for letters of interest document
  2. FAQ document 


Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and other funding partners are investing up to CAD19.1 million to fund up to 16 implementation research teams to support gender-transformative implementation research in sub-Saharan Africa.

Focused on investments to transform service design and delivery and to strengthen the development and implementation of equitable and sustainable movements, the ANSRHRA Initiative will contribute to improved sexual and reproductive health and realization of rights while also building systems and structures that enable and support underserved populations, including women and girls, to demand and benefit from the full spectrum of SRHR.

The Initiative’s overall aim is to support greater realization of neglected SRHR by underserved populations, including women and girls, in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Application process     

This anticipatory funding opportunity will involve a two-stage process. In the first stage, interested applicants will be required to submit a letter of interest (LOI). This stage requires applicants to complete an eligibility checklist and upload supporting documents. Only applicants who are successful at the LOI stage will be invited to submit a full technical proposal. Specific requirements for the application process, including the LOI phase, are outlined in the call document.    

The deadline to submit an LOI is May 13, 2024 – 23:59 EDT

More details

A virtual Q&A webinar will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, from 8:00-9:30 a.m. EDT/3:00-4:30 p.m. CAT in English with simultaneous French interpretation.    

Registration for this session is available here. Note that registration for the webinar will close on Monday, March 25, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. EDT/ 11:00 p.m. CAT.   

Once you have registered, a KUDO webinar link will be emailed to you one week before the eventand again theday before the event. 

Q&A webinar presentation

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

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