Canada’s International Development Research Center (IDRC) is pleased to announce a new Research Ideas Competition to promote health, sustainability and equity in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs).
The IDRC, a Canadian Crown corporation, funds research in developing countries to create lasting change on a large scale and supports local organizations in the Global South to generate the evidence that is relevant in their context. The IDRC is working with the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Faculty of Arts and Sciences to manage this competition and ensure scientific integrity, ethical oversight and inclusivity.
The goal of this competition is to inspire novel research ideas that aim to strengthen policy interventions, population health, environmental sustainability and / or health, gender and social equity in LMICs. These novel ideas are expected to deliver health and environmental co-benefits by addressing the interlinked nutrition and environmental challenges and knowledge gaps that impede shifts towards healthier and sustainable food systems. These ideas will promote a conceptual understanding of healthy and sustainable food systems and account for the practical realities of their implementation.
International Development Research Center (IDRC) IDRC is a public corporation created by the Parliament of Canada in 1970 to help developing countries use science and technology to find practical, long-term solutions to the social, economic, and environmental problems they face. A Crown corporation, we support leading thinkers who advance knowledge and solve practical development problems. We provide the resources, advice, and training they need to implement and share their solutions with those who need them most. In short, IDRC increases opportunities — and makes a real difference in peo... read more
This competition aims to:
10 winning applications will receive $10,000 CAD each administered directly to the primary applicant. The award will be provided upon the submission of the final idea write up and a formal presentation
at the Ideas Symposium (virtual or in-person).
Award-winners will have access to mentorship from a broad interdisciplinary network of mentors including scientific and technical support. Award-winners will also have the opportunity to further strengthen their idea, contribute to a global compendium of research ideas, and attract the attention of a wider audience of researchers, trainees, policy-makers, funders and practitioners.
Eligible applicants to this competition are required to submit a proposal (maximum 5 pages) of a research idea which directly addresses at least one of the three aforementioned thematic directions, and is informed by the key consideration of ‘building better from COVID-19’. In addition, the applicant can provide the details of up to two co-collaborators (optional) and their affiliations when completing an application form (a copy can be downloaded). Please note that all applicants will retain all intellectual ownership of their idea and will be able to further develop it as they would like
To submit applications (in either English or en français) and supporting documents to [email protected]
For more details, visit Uni of Toronto website