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The Call for Expressions of Interest has now closed.

Which countries and territories are eligible for funding?
Applications must be submitted by an organization and a principal investigator with legal corporate registration and permanent residency or citizenship in eligible ODA Recipient countries - low-income, lower-middle-income, and upper-middle-income - in sub-Saharan or North Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South-East Asia, or Latin America. Eligible countries and territories (and those that are subject to IDRC approval) include:

Countries and territories eligible for IDRC programming
 
Latin America and the Caribbean Sub-Saharan and North Africa
South and South East Asia
 
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Belize
Brazil
Bolivia
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Cuba
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Grenada
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Jamaica
Mexico
Nicaragua
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Uruguay
Venezuela
 
Algeria
Angola
Benin
Botswana 
Cameroon 
Djibouti 
Egypt
Ethiopia
Ghana
Kenya
Lesotho 
Madagascar
Malawi
Mauritius
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Rwanda
Senegal
South Africa
Tanzania
Togo
Tunisia
Uganda
Zambia
Bangladesh
Bhutan
Cambodia
China (People’s Republic of)
India
Indonesia
Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Malaysia
Myanmar
Micronesia
Mongolia
Nepal
Papua New Guinea
Philippines
Sri Lanka
Thailand
Vietnam
 
Middle East
Jordan
Lebanon
Turkey

Eligible countries and territories subject to approval
 
Applicants proposing research in the following countries or territories must go through a further stage of approval within IDRC:
 
Latin America and the Caribbean Sub-Saharan and North Africa
South and South East Asia
 
Suriname Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cabo Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Congo
Côte d’Ivoire
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Gabon
Gambia
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Liberia
Mali
Mauritania
Niger
Nigeria
Sierra Leone
South Sudan
Sudan
Swaziland
Zimbabwe
Afghanistan
Pakistan
Timor-Leste
 
Middle East
West Bank and Gaza Strip

What does it mean to be “based in an eligible country”?
Organizations from one of the eligible countries listed above must have legal corporate registration in that country. The organization’s legal corporate registration must show that the jurisdiction of registration is the eligible country (or is within it, such as in the case of provincial registration). In order for IDRC to enter into an agreement with your organization, IDRC must be satisfied that the organization has independent legal status (or 'legal personality') and is capable of contracting in its own right and name.
 
If my application does not focus on a low-income country, can I still apply?
This call is restricted to low-income, lower-middle-income, and upper-middle-income countries in the global South, as outlined above.
 
Are institutions based in the global North eligible to apply?
Only institutions based in the global South, as per the list of countries above, are eligible to apply. 
 
Are there any countries that are not eligible?
In principle, IDRC supports research in all developing countries. However, at this time, we do not accept proposals for research that involve the following countries and territories, due to local conditions and travel restrictions that limit IDRC’s ability to effectively support and monitor research activities:
 
Central Asia (includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan)
Eastern and Southern Europe (includes Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia)
Pacific Islands (includes Cook Islands, Fiji, Nauru, Kiribati, Palau, Marshall Islands, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tuvalu, Tonga, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna)
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea)
Iran
Iraq
Libya
Maldives
Montserrat
Saint Helena 
Sao Tome and Principe
Seychelles
Somalia
Suriname
Syrian Arab Republic
Yemen
 
What constitutes an organization for the purposes of this call for expressions of interest?
The applying organization is the one responsible for subject expertise, research and the administration of funds. Organizations will be private research organizations (e.g., non-governmental organizations, cooperatives, unions, civil society organizations, non-profit foundations or divisions of for-profit organizations) rather than public (e.g., governmental departments of line ministries or local governments). Eligible organizations:
  • are registered as a legal corporation in an eligible country;
  • have a key corporate objective to carry out independent research;
  • have a corporate policy to allow researchers to publish freely in the international academic literature; and
  • are not part of the United Nations.
Which kinds of organizations are eligible to submit an expression of interest?
Expressions of interest should be undertaken by a research-oriented institution with legal corporate registration. UN, donor and multi-lateral organizations are not eligible to apply.
 
If I am not affiliated with an institution, can I apply alone?
Applications from individual persons will not be accepted.
 
Can we submit a proposal if we are a team of researchers (consortium)?
Research consortia comprised of multiple institutional partners may apply - but one partner must be designated as the lead institution. The lead institution is responsible for submitting the application to IDRC on behalf of the consortium.
 
Can my consortium contain a South-North Partnership?
Research consortia comprising both North and South institutions may be considered, though IDRC resources will be devoted to strengthening institutions in the South, and as such IDRC funding within this call will not be directly available for the institutional partner in the North. Priority will be given to applicants that are based and work in one of the eligible countries. 
 
What is a cyber policy centre?
This call defines centres as independent policy research institutions in the global South focusing on issues related to cyber policy. For more information, please refer to the call for Expressions of Interest.
 
What does your definition of cyber policy entail?
For the purpose of this call, cyber policy is defined as the broad area related to governing information or knowledge societies. This includes the rules and laws that govern the use of digital technologies - local and/or international enforced norms, formal laws, or even technological arrangements. Cyber policy issues include: infrastructure and access, cybersecurity and surveillance, internet governance, privacy and other digital rights, innovation and economic development, as well as other frontier cyber policy related issues [including but not limited to biometric identification, cybercrime, data for development, algorithmic decision making, digital finance, drones, Internet of things and smart [or open] cities, new internet access models and next generation connectivity, and other socio-technical issues around gendered access to technologies and skills]. For more information, please refer to the call for Expressions of Interest.
 
What is the maximum amount of funding we can request?
This is only a call for expressions of interest, so no request for funding is required at this stage, though organizations should be willing and able to submit audited financial statements. Organizations that are selected will be invited to submit a proposal. An assessment will be conducted as part of the review process of proposals.
 
Will I receive feedback on my expression of interest submission?
Given that the volume of applications, IDRC is not planning to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications. You should have received a notification by now of the status of your application.
 
How is the review of the ‘expressions’ conducted?
Organizations that meet the criteria will be invited to submit fuller applications. Selections will be made by the cyber policy centres review committee, comprised of IDRC program staff and other peer reviewers internationally from related disciplines.
 
How many organizations will be selected to submit a proposal?
It will depend on the application pool. At this stage, IDRC envisages that around eight to ten organizations will be selected to submit proposals. Up to four organizations will be selected to receive core funding.