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Lacuna Fund announces new research aimed at improving agricultural data

June 22, 2022
The Lacuna Fund, an initiative co-founded by IDRC, the Rockefeller Foundation and, has announced a new cohort of dataset research projects in the agricultural sector.
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Dataset research projects in the agriculture sector are designed to drive progress in food security and economic development across sub-Saharan Africa.

Although machine learning has shown great potential to address critical needs, the lack of unbiased, labeled data in low- and middle-income contexts globally puts the benefits out of reach. Lacuna Fund is the world’s first collaborative effort to directly address this problem. 

Lacuna Fund agriculture datasets are aimed at unlocking the power of machine learning to alleviate food security challenges, spur economic opportunities and provide researchers, farmers, communities and policymakers access to superior agricultural datasets. From rangelands in Namibia to nut and fruit groves in Ghana and Uganda, read more about the teams selected for this latest round of funding and how they are driving progress in the agriculture sector across sub-Saharan Africa.  

The Lacuna Fund provides data scientists, researchers and social entrepreneurs in low- and middle-income contexts globally with the resources they need to either produce new datasets to address an underserved population or problem, augment existing datasets to be more representative or update old datasets to be more sustainable. At this stage, Lacuna Fund is concentrating on the areas of agriculture, language and health. All datasets produced will be locally developed and owned and they will be openly accessible to the international community while adhering to best practices regarding ethics and privacy. 

Learn more about the Lacuna Fund  

SGCI Call for proposals to support the strengthening of national research and innovation funding agencies in West Africa

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Development Innovation Fund
Up to 36 Months
Funded by
IDRC and the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)
The budget available for this project is up to CAD $1,000,000 million (all inclusive) over approximately 36 months.
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We are pleased to announce that through the partnership between IDRC and the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), the Science Granting Councils Initiative in sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI) is calling for proposals to support the strengthening of national research and innovation funding agencies in West Africa.  

We are inviting proposals from organisations to design and deliver this support targeting six countries in West Africa. This work will strengthen agencies where they already exist, and where they do not exist it will support the development of frameworks for establishing new agencies. The work will take place in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone.


The Science Granting Councils Initiative in sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI) invites proposals from organizations (including think tanks, institutes, universities and agencies) based in Africa. The organizations should have proven experience and track records in Africa, and especially West Africa, in areas such as public sector science, technology and innovation; strengthening organisational capacity; managing research funds; national science, technology and innovation policy and practice; and engaging the private sector in research. The selected organizations would undertake various activities, including offering training and technical support to science granting councils and related organizations.  

Please consult the detailed call document for more specific eligibility requirements.

IDRC seeks team to evaluate its knowledge translation efforts

June 8, 2022
IDRC is seeking proposals for a team to evaluate program support models for knowledge translation in the research it funds.
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A sorghum field in Kenya.

For high-quality research to have an impact on development, the knowledge it generates must be clear, accessible and relevant for users. Knowledge translation —  the process of moving research-generated evidence into action — is therefore a crucial part of IDRC’s efforts and a core objective of its 10-year Strategy 2030.  

IDRC is enhancing its investments in this area as part of its overall efforts to contribute to the advancement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

A request for proposals for this evaluation, called Knowledge sharing for a more sustainable and inclusive world: an evaluation of program support models for knowledge translation in IDRC-funded research, is now open. 

The selected evaluation team will contribute to a greater understanding of good practice for effective and appropriate program design to support knowledge translation in research for development. This learning-focused evaluation is aimed at IDRC management, staff and grantees. IDRC will also openly share findings and the lessons that emerge from the evaluation and seek opportunities to engage with interested external actors. 

The ultimate goal is to ensure that the research IDRC funds enhances the ability of developing countries to tackle their most pressing priorities and contribute solutions to global challenges. 

Those interested in being considered for the evaluation should submit a proposal by June 22, 2022. 

Read the full request for proposals and learn more about the requirements and procedures for submitting a proposal 

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APHRC selected as health policy and research organization for Women RISE

May 12, 2022
The Women RISE initiative (Women’s health and economic empowerment for a COVID-19 Recovery that is Inclusive, Sustainable and Equitable) has selected the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) as their health policy and research organization to mobilize knowledge, build capacity and network among the Women RISE research teams.
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APHRC will also be responsible for strengthening research capacity among these teams while facilitating networking and information sharing between them. The selected research teams will be announced in late summer 2022.  

Women RISE aims to support action-oriented and gender-transformative research on how women's health and their work (paid or unpaid) intersect and interact in the context of preparedness, response and recovery from COVID-19. While the pandemic has deepened pre-existing inequalities and risks rolling back global gains in gender equality, the research projects and the work of AHPRC, supported by Women RISE, will help countries improve their understanding of the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on women. The research evidence generated by this initiative will inform immediate and medium-term solutions for a post-COVID-19 recovery that will improve gender equality and health equity. 

“We are happy to celebrate our newest collaboration with APHRC. APHRC is well positioned to support the research teams that will be funded under Women RISE and will ensure that this investment goes a long way to inform and improve the use of the knowledge generated. COVID-19 taught us that the pathways between knowledge and decision-making need to be shortened and supported,” noted IDRC’s vice-president, Programs and Partnerships, Dominique Charron.  

"Understanding how women's health and livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic is a start to defining and informing preparedness for future health emergencies. APHRC is thrilled to play, yet again, the role of a health policy research organization and work with researchers from all over the world as part of the Women RISE Initiative to understand the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on women and inform possible solutions for a post-COVID-19 recovery," shared Catherine Kyobutungi, APHRC’s executive director. 

Women RISE is funded by IDRC, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Centre for Research on Pandemic Preparedness and Health Emergencies, HIV/AIDS Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infections Research Initiative, Institute Infection and Immunity and Institute of Population and Public Health) as well as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.  

Learn more about Women RISE.

IDRC welcomes new member to Board of Governors

April 29, 2022
IDRC is pleased to announce the appointment of Bessma Momani to its Board of Governors following the Government of Canada’s open, transparent, and merit-based appointment process.
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“We are delighted to welcome Bessma Momani as a new member to IDRC’s Board of Governors and we look forward to benefitting from her knowledge, leadership, and experience as the Centre supports research to build better futures in the Global South,” says IDRC President Jean Lebel. IDRC’s Board of Governors provides strategic direction, stewardship, and oversight for the Centre.

Momani is a full professor in the Department of Political Science and Interim Associate Vice-President of Interdisciplinary Research at the University of Waterloo. She is also a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation and non-resident fellow at the Arab Gulf States’ Institute in Washington, DC, and a Fulbright Scholar. She currently sits on the Board of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and serves as an adviser to the National Security Transparency Advisory Group at Public Safety Canada. She is currently consulting for Global Affairs Canada as a Visiting Scholar in its International Assistance Research and Knowledge Division by looking at economic security in the Middle East, with a particular focus on women and youth.

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