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IDRC Research Ideas Competition 2020/2021

IDRC Research Ideas Competition 2020/2021

Country: Canada
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Applications call for IDRC Research Ideas Competition 2020/2021. The IDRC is working with the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Faculty of Arts and Sciences to manage this competition and ensure scientific integrity, ethical oversight and inclusivity. The goal of this competition is to inspire novel research ideas that aim to strengthen policy interventions, population health, environmental sustainability and/or health, gender and social equity in LMICs.


This IDRC Research Ideas Competition aims to:

  • Identify novel, solutions-oriented research ideas that promote healthy and sustainable food systems in LMICs.
  • Support interdisciplinary exchange of ideas that draw upon different theories, methodological tools, frameworks, and approaches.
  • Harness lessons from research, civil society and policy spheres which bridge the fields of global health, food systems and environmental sustainability research.


The IDRC Research Ideas Competition 2020/2021 has the following set of prizes

  • Ten winning applications will receive $10,000 CAD each administered directly to the primary applicant. The award will be provided upon the submission of the final idea write up and a formal presentation at the Ideas Symposium (virtual or in-person).
  • Award-winners will also have the opportunity to further strengthen their idea, contribute to a global compendium of research ideas, and attract the attention of a wider audience of researchers, trainees, policy-makers, funders, and practitioners.


  • Candidates must be a Doctoral scholar or Pos-Doctoral Scholar.
  • Must be a Canadian, permanent resident of Canada, or citizen of LMICs enrolled in a doctoral degree or post-doctoral fellowship program at a recognized university (not only universities in Canada).
  • Proposed research ideas must be relevant and applicable to LMIC settings, with a particular focus on low-income communities. This includes, but is not limited to, a theoretical or practical grounding in specific local LMIC context(s), the relevance of an idea of local research, policy or community actors, and how an idea builds on previous engagement with local actors.

Application Materials

  • A proposal (maximum 5 pages) of a research idea which directly addresses at least one of the three aforementioned thematic directions, and is informed by the key consideration of ‘building better from COVID-19’
  • CV of the primary applicant
  • A completed application form
    A letter of support from your supervisor.

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Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline11 December,2021
Open toAll



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