Innovations to improve livestock vaccines


The Livestock Vaccine Innovation Fund is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Affairs Canada, and Canada’s International Development Research Centre.


The Livestock Vaccine Innovation Fund

For More Information

Material for Innovations to Improve Livestock Vaccines 2017

  • FAQ
  • Call for Research Proposals
  • IDRC Grant Guidelines
  • Budget Template
  • Institutional Profile/Questionnaire
  • Proposal Instructions


This call aims to support novel ideas or pre-existing innovations to respond to the challenges of existing livestock vaccines in sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia.

The call seeks proposals that are adopting innovative approaches to increasing the duration of immunity by better induction and maintenance of immunological memory; reducing the number of primary vaccinations and/or revaccinations; improving overall vaccine safety; and developing universal vaccines with the capacity to provide protection against multiple strains, subtypes, or serotypes.


This call is open to applicants from research-focused organizations from the private sector, academia, and research institutes around the world.

The proposed research must focus on vaccine improvement for one or more of the eligible livestock diseases of the LVIF as specified in Annex 1 of the Call Document found in File Attachments section below.

  • Applicants from academia, private and public sector organisations with a strong research focus are eligible for this global call.
  • Applicants from the United Nations system cannot apply to this Call as lead or coapplicants. UN organizations may participate as collaborating organizations.
  • Applicants from CGIAR Centres are not eligible as lead applicant but are eligible as coapplicants or 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). The total third-party participation in a project is set at a maximum of 30% of the budget.
  • A person cannot be the lead applicant for more than one project. At most, person can apply as the lead applicant for one project and be a co-applicant for two additional projects.

For more information about eligibility please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions available in the in File Attachments section below

Funding Availability

Up to six projects funded of $1 million CAD each

Maximum Project Value

$1 million CAD

Note: Contribution in the form of co-funding and mobilization of third party resources (public or private sector, other donor or stakeholder funding, etc.) to support and expand the research is encouraged. 

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Proposals must include an overall plan of activities for a maximum of 30 months.


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

Internal Deadline

Please be in touch with the Office of Research in advance of the deadline so that assistance may be provided for completion of the administrative form required for the call that can be retrieved from the online application portal and the File Attachments section below.

External Deadline

IDRC invites eligible applicants to submit an electronic application through IDRC’s grant application submission system to this Call for Research Proposals before the deadline. Acknowledgements of receipt will be sent to all applicants whose application was received before the closing date and time. 

How to Apply

Upon institutional approval, applicants will submit directly to IDRC via IDRC's grant application site, which includes the full set of instructions. Note that IDRC advises applicants it takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete the application.

Applicants will need to obtain a complete and signed copy of the Institutional profile/questionnaire found in the For More Information section. Please contact the Office of Research in advance to inform us of your intention to apply.

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 5 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

Contact IDRC at:


All enquiries should be received on or before 17:00 ETD on March 3, 2017 in order to receive a response prior to the deadline date. Any enquiries which affect all applicants received on or before the above-mentioned deadline will be added to the FAQs with the Fund’s responses to those inquiries, without revealing the source of the inquiries.

Office of Research

Katie Meyer Beck, Director, Research Support Services
Office of Research Services
519-824-4120 x54059

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