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IDRC supports research in developing countries to promote growth and development. We pursue that goal by funding research focused on reducing poverty and creating equitable access to resources and services. We support work that promotes good governance and builds strong policies. The applied research we back directly addresses existing or emerging problems in developing countries.
We also offer expert advice and support to our grantees. And through our fellowships and awards, we’re helping to train a new generation of developing-country and Canadian researchers.

Who Can Apply

Developing-Country Researchers
We engage with grantees in framing research problems, improving research designs, and choosing methodologies.

Master’s, PhD, and Post-doctoral students
Through our Fellowships and Awards program, we fund innovative work by Canadian and developing-country master’s, PhD, and post-doctoral students.

Funding for Canadians
Most of IDRC’s support goes to researchers in developing countries However, we also offer support to Canadian researchers and institutions.


Have a great research idea you want to pursue? First, contact the relevant program officer who can advise you about regional and thematic priorities.
If your research idea is approved, we will ask you to expand on your research in a formal research grant proposal.

New funding

Cities and Climate Change
Deadline: September 18, 2015

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Knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve the lives of people in the developing world
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