Call for Expressions of Interest: Strengthening cyber policy centres in the Global South

Call for

Expressions of interest


Networked Economies


March 15, 2017 by 23:00 (EDT)


Innovation, Science and Technology, Networking, Policy, Intellectual property rights


Two-year pilot period with the possibility of extension. The initial pilot phase will include support for up to four (4) organizations representing distinct geographic regions.


North of Sahara, North of Sahara, North and Central America, South America, Middle East, South Asia, Far East Asia



A maximum total of CA$800,000






This call for expressions of interest is open to established research organizations in eligible low-, middle- or upper-middle income countries in sub-Saharan and North Africa, the Middle East, South and South East Asia, and Latin America with strong research and policy engagement track records. For the purpose of this call, cyber policy is defined as the broad area related to governing information or knowledge societies and includes issues related to innovation (such as intellectual property, telecommunications, infrastructure), security (related to national security, crime, surveillance), and human rights (such as the right to privacy, free expression and speech) online.

Organizations must possess a track record of rigorous research and analysis on national [and possibly regional] cyber policy related issues with subject area expertise in at least one, preferably two of the main cyber policy themes, and the capacity and drive to augment work in the other areas. Given the complexity of cyber policy issues, this precludes institutions that focus exclusively on one sector or policy issue.

More details

The Networked Economies Program at IDRC invites applications from independent policy research organizations in the global South that are committed to using research to inform and influence national-level cyber-related policies in digital rights, cybersecurity and innovation policy. This initiative will provide funding to promising policy research organizations, and will work with successful applicants to improve their research, policy influence, and organizational performance.

Interested in applying?

If you are eligible for this opportunity we welcome you to submit an application.