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IDRC supports five partnerships to address priorities in COVID-19 recovery

April 26, 2023
IDRC is investing CAD1 million in projects selected from a broad portfolio of Canadian-led research to address global socioeconomic inequities that have been heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The investment is part of funding for research on post-pandemic recovery resulting from a 2022 competition under Canada’s New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF), for a more equitable, sustainable and resilient world. Sixty-one projects selected by the NFRF directly address one or more of the research priorities outlined in the UN Research Roadmap for the COVID-19 Recovery.  

The additional funding from IDRC will support five of these Canadian-led projects, involving partnerships with Global South researchers within our priority areas of food security, democratic governance and inclusive economies. The research involves the design and testing of innovative solutions with the active participation of vulnerable populations, such as micro- and small-size entrepreneurs in the informal food and water sectors and refugee and Indigenous populations. They address the research roadmap pillars related to social protection and basic services, economic response and community resilience, macroeconomic policies, and social cohesion and community resilience.

IDRC is contributing approximately CAD200,000 to each of the following projects:  


NFRF supports interdisciplinary, transformative, high-risk and high-reward Canadian-led research with international partners. It is housed within the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), on behalf of Canada’s three federal research funding agencies: SSHRC, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Read more about the recently announced support from Canada’s New Frontiers in Research Fund.