International Development Research Centre Call: Climate change adaptation in Africa and Asia

Certain areas of the world are especially vulnerable to extreme natural effects of climate change, such as sea level rise, changes in precipitation patterns, and glacial melt. These endanger the livelihoods of vast, poor populations. Semi-arid regions, large deltas, and densely populated river basins are three such climate change “hot spots.”

The Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) aims to build the resilience of vulnerable populations and their livelihoods in these three hot spots in Africa and Asia by supporting collaborative research to inform adaptation policy and practice.

IDRC and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) are partnering to support this program, which runs until 2019. The experience and lessons learned through their earlier joint climate change effort, the Climate Change Adaptation in Africa program (2006-2012), have provided insight and guidance for CARIAA’s mission.

IDRC invites submissions of joint concept notes for the establishment of research consortia under the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA). Details on the call, eligibility, and how to apply are available at:

Selection process: See section 7 of the CARIAA call document.

How to apply: See section 8 of the CARIAA call document.

Duration:Support to selected consortia will be provided from late 2013 until the end of the program in March 2019.

Value:Concept notes making it past the “first cut” will be invited to apply for a proposal development grant of up to $80,000.

Internal deadline – March 21, 2013 to Office of Research Services,

External deadline – April 4, 2013, Principal Investigator to submit electronically using templates provided to IDRC

For more information about this competition, please contact Laura Beaupre at the Office of Research Services at ext. 56616 or by e-mail at

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