Applications Open for IDRC Doctoral Research Awards 2016: Improving the Lives of People in Developing World

Deadline: 18 May 2016

​International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is currently accepting applications for the IDRC Doctoral Research Awards 2016, to promote the growth of Canadian and developing country capacity in research to improve the lives of people in the developing world.

Thematic Priorities

  • Agriculture and Environment
  • Inclusive Economies
  • Technology and Innovation

Award Information

The award will cover justifiable field research expenses up to CA$20,000.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, or a citizen of a developing country.
  • Be enrolled at a Canadian university at the doctoral level (when you submit your application, you must have completed several courses of the doctoral program but not necessarily all the courses).
  • Have research proposal must be approved by your thesis supervisor.
  • Have proposed field research must take place in one or more developing countries and be conducted for a doctoral dissertation.
  • Provide evidence of affiliation with an institution or organization in the developing region(s) in which the research will take place.
  • Have completed coursework and passed comprehensive exams before taking up the award.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit Research Awards.


Law Foundation of Ontario: 2016 Access to Justice Fund

Deadline: 1 April 2016

The Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO) inviting non-profit organizations across Canada for its Access to Justice Fund (ATJF) for projects addressing legal needs.

The LFO was the third Canadian jurisdiction to create a law foundation. British Columbia was first in 1969, followed by Saskatchewan in 1971. As of 2001, all Canadian provinces and territories had law foundations in place. Through granting and collaboration foundation invest in knowledge and services that help people understand the law and use it to improve their lives.

Foundation’s Approach

  • Act with Fairness
  • Be Open and Supportive
  • Build Bridges
  • Expand Knowledge
  • Act as a Catalyst
  • Support Innovation

Priority Areas

  • Children and youth
  • Consumers
  • Public legal education, intake and referral
  • Racialized groups
  • Refugees

Grant Information

  • Foundation expects that most grant applications will not exceed $100,000 in total. Any applications for amounts of $100,000 or more will need to demonstrate significant benefit.
  • Applications can be for short-term or multi-year projects.

Eligibility Criteria

  • All non-profit organizations across Canada are eligible to apply.
  • Collaborations among organizations with different areas of expertise and from different areas of the country are encouraged.
  • The proposed program or project may be local, regional, provincial or national in scope.
  • In making grants from the ATJF, the Foundation wishes to support high-quality projects that have the potential to bring real improvements to the communities served.
  • To be eligible to apply to the ATJF, your proposal must support access to justice and:
    • Address the legal needs of or relate to the groups or areas.
    • Fit within the Foundation’s mandate and be consistent with the Foundation’s vision and mission and
    • Be from a not-for-profit venture

How to Apply

Interested applicants can download the application forms via given website.

For more information, please visit 2016 Access to Justice Fund.

ERA-HDHL Call for Joint Transnational Research Proposals: Biomarkers for Nutrition and Health

Deadline: 19 April 2016

The JPI HDHL together with the European Commission is currently inviting Research Proposals on the topic “Biomarkers for Nutrition and Health (BioNH)”.

The Joint Programming Initiative “A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life” (JPI HDHL) has been established to coordinate research in the areas of food, diet, physical activity and health in order to achieve tangible societal and health impact and to strengthen European leadership and competitiveness in this field.


The proposals have to fulfill the following conditions:

  • Proposals should focus on biomarkers that are modifiable by diet (or a combination of diet and physical activity) and reflect a healthy state, or focus on its transition towards diet- and lifestyle-related disease. Studies focusing on disease biomarkers are outside the scope of the call.
  • Proposals can aim to identify new biomarkers, or build upon previous identification studies through necessary validation.
  • Proposals which focus on identification of new biomarkers should demonstrate the relevance of the biomarker to human health and should carefully consider approaches for validation.
  • Proposals should
    •  make use of existing biobanks and/or cohorts;
    • explain why no existing biobank or cohort is used.
  • Proposals should explain how the data gathered through their project would be available to the wider research community.
  • Proposals should avoid overlap with the aims and objectives of FOODBALL and Mirdiet.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The joint research proposals may be submitted by applicants working in universities (or other higher education institutions), non-university public research institutes, hospitals and other health care settings.
  • Participation of private parties is encouraged as well as commercial companies, in particular small and medium-size enterprises.
  • Only transnational projects will be funded: each consortium must involve a minimum of three partners eligible from the participating funding organizations and a maximum of six partners eligible from the participating funding organizations from at least three different countries.
  • No more than two eligible partners from the same country will be accepted in one consortium.

Eligible Countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Turkey, Poland, Romania, Spain and United Kingdom.

How to Apply

  • There will be a two-stage submission procedure: pre-proposals and full proposals.
  • Both pre- and full proposals must be written in English and must be submitted online through the JPI HDHL Electronic Submission system.

For more information, please visit ERA-HDHL.


Status of Women Canada: Call for Proposals to increase Women’s Participation in Democratic and Public Life

Deadline: 20 April 2016 and 1 June 2016

Status of Women Canada has announced a Call for Proposals for projects that increase women’s participation in the democratic and public life.  All projects will include a number of predetermined elements, which organizations must address in their proposals.

The Women’s Program, which provides financial support to projects that focus on overcoming systemic barriers and changing the conditions that hinders gender equality.

Call for proposals are divided into these streams:

  • Empowering Indigenous Women for stronger Communities
  • Empowering Women for Political and Community Action

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants: Eligible recipients include legally constituted organizations that are:
    • Not-for-profit, Canadian organizations, excluding labour unions, post-secondary educational institutions, and religious institutions
    • For-profit Canadian organizations, if the nature and intent of the funded activity is noncommercial and not intended to generate profit
  • Projects/Activities: Funding is provided for activities related to a project that:
    • In the case of Calls for Proposals, aligns with the particular call under which you submitted your proposed project
    • Articulates clear plans to achieve demonstrable results
    • Involves women who are affected by the issue being addressed by the project

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online via given website.

For more information, Please visit Status of Women Canada.

Call for Applications: ACU Early Career Academic Grants 2016

Deadline: 15 April 2016

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is currently inviting applicants from ACU member universities for its Early Career Academic Grants 2016.

Applications will be strengthened by the applicant providing evidence of the submission/acceptance of a paper or poster, or other communication with the conference organisers.

Eligible Countries

  • Australasia: Australia, New Zealand
  • Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago
  • East Africa: Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • East Asia: Brunei Darussalam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore
  • Europe: Cyprus, Malta, United Kingdom
  • North America: Canada
  • South Asia: Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
  • South Pacific: Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
  • Southern Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland
  • West Africa: Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone

Grants Information

Grants can be used to cover travel and visa costs, conference fees, accommodation, and subsistence.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be employed in an academic role by an ACU member institution (mentioned above).
  • Applications are open to university staff who are less than ten years from the start of their employment in an academic role.
  • Academic staff who have recently returned to work after a career break can also be considered: applicants to whom this criteria applies should make this clear in their application.

How to Apply

Applicants must fill the application form via given website.

Note: The grant must be used to participate in a conference between 1 July 2016 and 31 December 2016.

For more information, please visit Academic Grants.

Fahs-Beck Fund: Apply for the Faculty/Post-Doctoral Grant Program!

Deadline: 1 April 2016

Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation is seeking applications from non-profit human service organizations in the United States and Canada for its Faculty/Post-Doctoral Grant Program to support the research of faculty members or post-doctoral researchers.

Funding Areas

Studies to develop, refine, evaluate, or disseminate innovative interventions designed to prevent or ameliorate major social, psychological, behavioral or public health problems affecting children, adults, couples, families, or communities, or studies that have the potential for adding significantly to knowledge about such problems.

Funding Information

Grants of up to $20,000 are available to help support the research of faculty members or post-doctoral researchers.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Faculty members of accredited colleges or universities or individuals affiliated with accredited non-profit human service organizations in the United States or Canada are eligible to apply.
  • The applicant organization must agree to accept administrative responsibility for the project and submit required financial forms and reports to the Fund.
  • The principal investigator (PI) must have an earned doctorate in a relevant discipline and relevant experience.
  • The PI must be in full control of the research and be the principal author of the final report.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply via given website.

For more information, please download the pdf.

IC-IMPACTS: Promoting Bilateral Scientific Collaboration between Indian and Canadian Scientists!

Deadline: 1 April 2016

India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnership to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS), The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science & Technology and Government of India, New Delhi is seeking applications from Indian and Canadian researchers /scientists to conduct the India-Canada Cooperative Science Programme to promote bilateral scientific collaboration between Indian and Canadian scientists.

The research projects funded are expected to be of a high international standard that will lead to a technology or solution directly impacting the lives of Indian and Canadian citizens.

Indian-Canadian joint projects must be based on meaningful engagement, include a common project plan, and involve at least one Principal Investigator from Canada and one from India.

Areas of Cooperation

  • Structural performance of buildings including earthquake resistance
  • Innovative buildings materials with low carbon footprint
  • Thermal, acoustical and lighting comfort in buildings
  • Buildings and human health
  • Buildings and energy conservation
  • Buildings and water conservation
  • Building Infrastructures and Internet of Things (IoT)

Selection Criteria

  • Alignment with areas for collaboration identified above;
  • Relevance to Indian and Canadian national infrastructure challenges;
  • Potential for research outcome to be deployed in settings in India and Canada within three years;
  • Quality and originality of research program;
  • Qualification and excellence of research team and proven record of successfully delivering prior research project objectives (Note: there must be a lead Indian and lead Canadian researcher for each research project submitted);
  • Expected results and outcomes and appropriateness of budget strategy to achieve them;
  • Potential for successful commercialization and/or community adoption of research outcomes;
  • Training of highly qualified professionals;
  • Inclusion of multidisciplinary aspects of the research program; and,
  • Engagement of partners from academic, industrial, government, community sectors

Eligibility Criteria

  • The joint application must include one Indian and one Canadian Principal Investigators, who would be responsible for technical as well as administrative co-ordination of the project and its periodic scientific and financial reporting to DST and IC-IMPACTS respectively.
  • The Principal Investigator (PI) and other investigators in India should be scientists/ faculty members working in regular capacity in UGC recognized Universities / Deemed Universities / Academic Institutes and National Research & Development Laboratories / Institutes. It is preferred that a member of the project team may be designated as Co-PI.
  • Any Canadian Researcher eligible to receive funding from IC-IMPACTS and Tri-Council Agencies in Canada is eligible to apply as a principal investigator or research team member from Canada.
  • Research projects of one or two years in duration are eligible for funding.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit IC-IMPACT.

Capital Magnet Fund: Serving Low-income Families and Communities across America

Deadline: 30 March 2016

The Community Development Financial Institute (CDFI), U.S. Department of Treasury is seeking applications from organisations for Capital Magnet Fund to spur investment in affordable housing and related economic development efforts that serve low-income families and low-income communities across America.

The CDFI Fund was established by the Riegle Community Development and Regulatory Improvement Act of 1994, as a bipartisan initiative.

Through the Capital Magnet Fund, the CDFI Fund provides competitively awarded grants to CDFIs and qualified non-profit housing organizations. These awards can be used to finance affordable housing activities, as well as related economic development activities and community service facilities.

Organizations that receive Capital Magnet Fund awards are required to produce housing and community development investments at least ten times the size of the award amount, generating a multiplier effect that means that more low-income people and low-income communities nationwide will have housing options within their financial reach.


  • To empower America’s economically distressed communities
  • To increase economic opportunity
  • To promote community development investments for underserved populations and in distressed communities in the United States.
  • To promote economic revitalization and community development through investment in and assistance to community development financial institutions (CDFIs).

Eligibility Criteria

Capital Magnet Fund Applicants must be:

  • A certified CDFI, or
  • A non-profit organization operating with a principal purpose of developing or managing affordable housing solutions
  • All Applicants (regardless of entity type) must demonstrate that they have been in existence as a legally formed entity for at least three years prior to the funding round application deadline.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can submit their applications electronically at the address mentioned on the website.

For more information, please visit Capital Magnet Fund.

Law Foundation of Ontario – Access to Justice Fund 2016 across Canada: Grants of up to $100,000

Deadline: 1 April 2016

The Law Foundation of Ontario is currently accepting applications from non-profit organizations across Canada to the Access to Justice Fund (ATJF) 2016. The Foundation’s vision is to Putting people at the heart of justice.

Through granting and collaboration it invests in knowledge and services that help people understand the law and use it to improve their lives.

Specific Areas

  • Children and youth
  • Consumers
  • Public legal education, intake and referral
  • Racialized groups
  • Refugees

Grants available & Timeframe

  • Any applications for amounts of $100,000 or more will need to demonstrate significant benefit.
  • Applications can be for short-term or multi-year projects.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications to the Access to Justice Fund may provide a benefit anywhere in Canada.
  • To be eligible to apply to the ATJF, your proposal must support access to justice and:
    • Address the legal needs of or relate to the groups or areas listed above
    • Fit within the Foundation’s mandate and be consistent with the Foundation’s vision and mission
    • Be from a not-for-profit venture
  • The proposed program or project may be local, regional, provincial or national in scope.

How to Apply

Applicants must download the application form through the website and submit their Letter of Intent electronically.

For more information, please visit the ATJF Funding Programme.

Aga Khan Foundation’s International Scholarship Programme 2016-2017

Deadline: 31 March 2016

The Aga Khan Foundation is currently accepting applications from students around different countries for its 2016-2017 International Scholarship Programme. Application forms can be obtained from the Aga Khan Foundation or Aga Khan Education Service/Board office in the applicant’s country of current residence.

The Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from select developing countries that have no other means of financing their studies, in order to develop effective scholars and leaders and to prepare them for employment, primarily within the AKDN.

Eligible Countries

Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar and Mozambique. In France, Portugal, UK, USA and Canada, applications are accepted from those who are originally from one of the above developing countries.

Focus Areas

  • Architecture
  • Civil Society
  • Culture
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Health
  • Planning & Building
  • Rural Development
  • Humanitarian Assistance
  • Music

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Foundation only accepts applications of eligible nationals listed above who are residing in one of the countries where there are local Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), Aga Khan Education Services (AKES), or Aga Khan Education Board (AKEB) offices which process applications and interview candidates.
  • Preference is given to students under 30 years of age.

Selection Criteria

The main criteria for selecting award winners are:

  • consistently excellent academic records
  • genuine financial need
  • admission to a highly reputable university or programme of study
  • relevance of the field of study to AKDN’s focus areas

Application Procedure

  • Students can obtain application forms as of January 1st each year from AKF offices or Aga Khan Education Services / Boards in their countries of current residence.
  • Completed applications should be returned to the agency from which the form was obtained.
  • The annual Scholarship Selection Meeting takes place in late June or early July and the Aga Khan Foundation notifies.

For more information, visit International Scholarship Programme.