IDRC Call for Research Proposals 2015: Cities and Climate Change


International Development Research Centre (IDRC)


Cities and Climate Change

For More Information

Copies of the Frequently Asked Questions, Privacy Agreement and Eligibility Form, Application Form, Budget Form, and Guidelines for acceptable project expenditures can be found in the call announcement on the IDRC website. See also:


The Cities and Climate Change initiative will support high quality, demand driven, policy relevant action research that engages local authorities, communities, and the private sector. Research will help to meet the adaptation deficit in small to medium sized cities or well defined subdivisions of large cities, where demographic pressure and environmental stresses are particularly acute. Proposed solutions should address climate risk and uncertainty, and inspire innovation in adaptation strategies and technologies.


Funding in this call targets universities, research centres, and other organizations with a research mandate in the following countries: Bangladesh, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Mali, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Senegal, South Africa, Tajikistan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The proposed research must be led by a research-oriented organization from academia, government, the private sector, or civil society and be based in one of the eligible countries listed above.  Organizations from the United Nations system, members of the Consortium of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), or multilateral agencies are not eligible as lead organizations for the proposed research, even when operating in a developing country, but can be included as partners provided their budget share does not exceed 20%.

Note: For more information about eligibility please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.

Funding Availability

IDRC intends to fund 6 research projects

Maximum Project Value

Grants of up to CA$1,000,000 each

Indirect Costs

12% for University of Guelph portion of project budget

Project Duration

Maximum 36 months

Special Notes

Canadian organizations cannot apply as the Lead Organization under this Call, but may participate as Partner Organizations provided that their total budget share does not exceed 20%.


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

Internal Deadline

to Office of Research Services: Please submit your application/proposal, along with an OR-5 Form to by: September 4, 2015. Please indicate the total amount of funding that would come to the University of Guelph as a part of the budget (maximum 20% of project budget) on the OR5 form.

External Deadline

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted online at

For Questions, please contact

Nicole Mayer
Program Assistant
Climate Change program

Office of Research

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

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