IDRC: Rapid Research Fund for Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak


International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)


The Rapid Research Fund (RRF) for Ebola Virus Disease Outbreaks aims to support social science and humanities, population and public health and/or health systems research to increase collaboration and adaptive scaling of past evidence-based interventions that have proven successful in curbing Ebola Virus Disease transmission, promote novel approaches to remaining challenges, and link existing resources and expertise across the globe to inform the response to the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease that started in April 2018 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as well as inform prevention and response to future outbreaks of Ebola Virus Disease and other similar diseases.

Specific aims of the Call intend to enhance the mobilization of interdisciplinary teams of Canadian and African health and social scientists and humanists, as well as knowledge users, to help contain the current Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and prevent or mitigate the impact of future Ebola Virus Disease and similar threats to the region. 


This call is intended to fund collaborative partnerships between Canadian and African researchers based out of established, research-oriented organizations in North and sub-Saharan Africa and Canada.

The following eligibility criteria also apply: 

  • Application from one Canadian lead applicant and an African co-lead applicant.
  • Application from one African lead applicant and a Canadian co-lead applicant.
  • Eligible organizations are legal entities, such as accredited universities, non-governmental or government-funded research organizations.
  • African-Canadian partnerships may include other co-applicant research partners from eligible organizations.
  • Intergovernmental organizations (e.g. United Nations system) and CGIAR Centres may not apply to this call as lead or co-applicants. Intergovernmental organizations may, however, participate as collaborating organizations.
  • The lead applicant and co-applicants may negotiate and develop funding arrangements directly with third-party organizations for specific services. IDRC will not contract directly with third-party organizations. Applications that involve third-party organizations must clearly justify their involvement and explain their role(s).
  • At most, a person can apply as the lead applicant for one project and be a co-applicant for one additional project.

Funding Availability

$1.5 million CDN - four projects

Maximum Project Value

$360,000 CDN per project

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Two years (2018-2020)


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

Internal Deadline

PI to submit copy of application along with a complete OR5 form to:

External Deadline

PI to submit application using online application process for this competition.

Details including FAQ's and the Call document can be found on the IRDC website.


For Questions, please contact

Food, Environment, and Health program at

Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Office of Research Services
519-824-4120 x52832

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