Resilient Cities Initiative on Climate Change in Latin America call for expressions of interest


Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), the International Development Research Centre of Canada (IDRC) and Fundacion Futuro Latinoamericano (FFLA)


Resilient Cities Initiative on Climate Change in Latin America (the “Initiative”)

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This Initiative is focussed specifically on Latin America, on the theme of climate resilience in the urban context. We are targeting sub-national territories, with a focus on small and medium sized cites in Latin America that are experiencing rapid growth.

Through this Initiative, we aim to promote innovative solutions for the design and delivery of climate compatible development (CCD), and ultimately to improve the quality of life for those most affected by climate change.

The objectives of the initiative are:

  1. To develop solutions and foster action on climate-resilient development at the subnational level in Latin America, underpinned by robust research.
  2. To deliver ambitious, innovative research to fill knowledge gaps on policy and practice aimed at achieving climate resilience in urbanising contexts.
  3. To maximise the use and usefulness of evidence, through collaboration and engagement with decision-makers and other key stakeholders, tailored communication and learning.

Please refer to the Research Call Terms of Reference (PDF) for more information which applies to this call.


  • Research must relate to one or more of the following countries in Latin America: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guyana, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, and Uruguay.
  • We encourage joint proposals from two or more eligible organisations. Where joint proposals are submitted, at least one of these must be from a Latin American country as defined above, and we encourage southern-led proposals. Organisations which are located in developed countries may lead such applications but must ensure that researchers and research organisations in Latin America play a significant role in their proposed projects.
  • Organisations may submit more than one proposal either as the lead organization or in partnership with another organisation, provided these are substantively different e.g. they respond to different subthemes, or are entirely separate projects under the same area. Individual researchers may be named on more than one proposal.

Maximum Project Value

The minimum budget is US$100,000 and the maximum budget is US$300,000. Most applicants are expected to propose a budget of US$150,000 –US$250,000 for their projects.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Research projects are to be carried out for a period of minimum 12 and maximum 21 months, anticipated to start no later than October 2016.

Special Notes

A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) must be signed by the University of Guelph for each proposal. Following review of proposals, the Office of Research Services will provide the signed NDA to applicants who submit on/before the internal deadline.


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

Internal Deadline

Please submit your application/proposal, along with an OR-5 Form to

External Deadline

To sponsor: Monday, June 13, 12:00 (midday) Quito time.

How to Apply

Completed EOI forms (with completed non-disclosure agreements) must be submitted to Please title your email ‘Resilient Cities Initiative EOI’. Applicants should observe the requirements indicated in the Research Call Terms of Reference (PDF), section 7.1.

For Questions, please contact

Office of Research

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

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