IDRC: Accelerating Climate Action - Social Equity and Empowerment of Women and Girls


International Development Research Centre (IDRC)


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Call for Research Proposals

Materials for IDRC Accelerating Climate Action - Social Equity and Empowerment of Women and Girls 2018

  • FAQ for Gender and Climate Change Call (2018)
  • Climate Change Program Call for Proposals (Instructions for 2018)


The aim of this call is to select a portfolio of research projects that produce knowledge which facilitates the scaling and financing of socially-transformative climate action. With this, the resilience and livelihoods of the most vulnerable communities in the developing world will be strengthened.

The Accelerating Climate Action call will focus on the following three themes, collectively addressing current knowledge gaps in socially-transformative climate research:

  • Climate and disaster resilience: Research projects focusing on socially-equitable development planning that enhances the ability of people — regardless of gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, age, or physical ability — to mitigate and adapt to climate-related hazards;
  • Energy security: Research projects that explore socially equitable access to innovative, clean, and renewable energy services and to energy-based technologies; and
  • Migration: Research projects that produce knowledge to contribute to using migration as a proactive adaptation strategy that contributes to equitable access to economic, health, educational, and employment services.

Proposed research projects should be based on an analysis of the interrelated factors affecting communities and their vulnerability to climate change impacts. Projects should aim to achieve long-term socially-transformative outcomes; similarly, they should also be participatory in structure to effectively address the various needs and priorities of underrepresented people. Research outcomes should inspire innovation in climate policies, institutions, technologies, and strategies that can be applied to promote the resilience of communities. 

Priority will be given to research projects that:

  • involve a wide range of stakeholders throughout the project’s design and implementation (sush as public authorities, communities, civil society, the private sector, and paying attention particularly to stakeholders who are usually marginalized in such processes), and especially engage decision-makers from the beginning;
  • offer practical and applicable solutions at well-defined, appropriate scales;
  • identify options to bring tested solutions to scale through private and public financing and appropriate policies that lead to social equity.  

The following regions will be targeted: Central Asia, Far East Asia, Middle East, North of Sahara, South America, South Asia, South of Sahara, West Indies.


The proposed research must take place in one or more countries included in the list of eligible countries (the list can be found in the FAQ). Cross-regional collaboration and comparative studies that generate local, regional, and international good practices will be encouraged.

The proposed research must be led by a research-oriented organization from academia or the private or public sectors, and be based in a country in the list of eligible countries.

For more information about the call and eligibility, please consult the call document available here.

Funding Availability

The total budget for this Call is expected to be $4 million Canadian dollars and IDRC expects to fund up to 8 research projects. 

Maximum Project Value

Budgets should be in the range of $500,000 – 700,000 CAD per project.

Prior to submitting an application, the applicant should review IDRC’s Guidelines for acceptable project expenditures

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

The project should not exceed 36 months in duration including all research activities and final reporting. 


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Please submit a signed OR-5 form and a pdf of the proposal to 

External Deadline

All applications must be submitted through the online application system

How to Apply

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions document and the official Call for Proposals document both found under the "Attachments" section below. 

Information For Co-applicants

If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least five days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application, or your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e. budget, proposal, OR-5 Form).

For Questions, please contact

For any questions, please contact

Office of Research

Carolyn Osborn, Director, Grants & Contracts
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x52935

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