International Development Research Centre: Open Research Data Initiative


International Development Research Centre (IDRC)


Agriculture and Environment, Inclusive Economies, Technology and Innovation

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More information on activities, timelines, funding, and the selection process can found at the following links:

Open Research Data Initiative Proposals

Open Research Data Initiative - How to Apply

Open Data Statement of Principals


IDRC invites researchers to participate in the process of planning, describing, and openly publishing their IDRC-funded research data. This funding opportunity will build the data management expertise of applicants while making previously closed data open. IDRC expects that applicants invited to participate in this project will benefit from their interactions with data editors and curators, other researchers in the cohort, and IDRC program staff involved in the project.

A cohort of up to 24 researchers will be guided through three project phases with the help of experts in the field of open data and scientific publishing: 

  • Phase 1: Applicants will develop a data management plan (DMP) for project data.
  • Phase 2: Applicants will expand on their DMP's to write a data article. Experts in scientific publishing will provide support to applicants throughout this phase.
  • Phase 3: Experts from data repositories in Asia, Africa, and Latin America will guide researchers by providing advice on publishing datasets and suggesting appropriate open repositories for data deposition.

Successful applicants will also participate in one of three workshops in:

  • Montevideo, Uruguay;
  • Nairobi, Kenya; or,
  • New Delhi, India.

These workshops will serve as interactive sessions where applicants distill their insights on data management and discuss the mechanics of data sharing within different regional contexts. Recognizing that different cultures, infrastructure, and policies shape data sharing practices across countries, the workshop will also seek to generate suggestions for how IDRC, and potentially other agencies, can support researchers who wish to openly publish or share their research data. 


This request for proposals is open to researchers who have been or are currently funded by IDRC.

Applicants must have access to, and the right to share, the research data associated with their IDRC-funded projects.

Maximum Project Value

 $15,340 CDN (per award)

Indirect Costs

$1,190 CDN (13% of travel and research support costs)

Project Duration

12 months


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

External Deadline

Applicants should submit their application directly to IDRC at

How to Apply

Prepare your proposal as one document and submit it by email to The subject line must read: Open Research Data Application:  surname of applicant. Applicants must submit complete proposals that adhere to the length and guidance provided. Further information about the application process can be found on the "How to Apply" website.

Complete and eligible applications will be assessed and ranked by an IDRC selection committee. External reviewers may be consulted.

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