IDRC – Women Rise – 2 – Full Proposal

Governance and Public Policy
Social Justice
Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery


Academic Unit: inquire with unit

Memorial Deadline: Friday 17th, June 2022

External Deadline: Friday 24th, June 2022


Women RISE is a CAD22,000,000 initiative that aims to support action-oriented, gender-transformative research on how women’s health and their work (paid or unpaid) intersect and interact in the context of preparing, responding to and recovering from COVID-19. This research will inform immediate and medium-term solutions for COVID-19 recovery that improve gender equality and health equity and will contribute to an evidence-base for preparedness and responses to future health emergencies.

Two components are planned to achieve the Initiative’s objective.

  1. Component 1 – Call for Proposals Health Policy and Research Organization: This Call for Proposals will support one Health Policy and Research Organization (HPRO) to facilitate knowledge mobilization, capacity building and networking among the Women RISE Research Teams (RTs). The HPRO will also be responsible for strengthening research capacity among RTs, particularly as it relates to gender transformative research and health equity and will facilitate networking and information sharing between RTs. The HPRO may be a single organization or consortium of organizations and will support and coordinate knowledge mobilization activities for the RTs.
  1. Component 2 – Two-Stage Call for Proposals for Research Teams: Component 2 will support RTs conducting action-oriented research that applies a gender equality and a health equity lens to understand the relationships between women’s paid and unpaid work and health before, during and after COVID-19. RTs are invited to submit Concept Notes for two-year research projects. Teams successful at the Concept Note stage will be invited to submit Full Proposals. Each RT must be led by a low-and middle-income country (LMIC) Principal Investigator based at an LMIC eligible institution, and they must include a Canada-based Co-Principal Investigator and at least one Decision-Maker(s) Co-Principal Investigator from the LMIC country where the research is taking place. For teams working with Indigenous communities, at least one member of the RT must self-identify as Indigenous or provide evidence of having meaningful and culturally safe involvement with Indigenous Peoples. Women-led research teams are strongly encouraged to apply.

This Call for Proposals is related to Component 2 – Two-Stage Call for Proposals for Research Teams.

Geographic Research Focus

Most LMICs in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are eligible. The RT can only conduct their research in eligible countries/territories as specified in Annex 1. The Lead Applicant Organization must be based in the country where the research project will take place. Where multi-country research is proposed, research must be conducted in eligible countries/territories and the choice of locations must be clearly justified.


Funds Available

The total amount available for this Call for Proposals is CAD20,000,000, enough to fund up to twenty (20) teams. Projects will have a maximum budget of CAD1,000,000 per grant.

Of this CAD20,000,000:

  • CAD16,000,00 is available to fund research projects relevant to the objectives and scope of the Call;
  • CAD1,000,000 is available to fund research projects specifically relevant to the infectious diseases research area (described below);
  • CAD1,000,000 is available to fund research projects specifically relevant to the HIV/AIDS STBBI research area (described below); and
  • CAD2,000,000 is available to fund research projects specifically relevant to the pandemics and other health emergencies research area (described below).

More information can be found here.

Contact Email

Concept Note Submission Deadline April 12, 2022 (23:59 EDT)
Successful applicants are invited to develop Full Proposals May 27, 2022 (23:59 EDT)
Virtual Proposal-Strengthening Workshop June 2022
Full Proposal Submission Deadline June 24, 2022 (23:59 EDT)

Further details on Women RISE are available here.

Funding Sources

International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: March 15, 2022