FAQs for IDRC Research Awards 2018 Call
Please read the details in the Eligibility section of the IDRC Research Awards 2018 call page. Note that significant changes have been made to the eligibility criteria in the last two years.
In principle yes, but we suggest you read the specifications of the program that interests you, as the eligibility criteria may vary from one program to another. Please note that you must meet all criteria and be able to work on a full-time basis.
The deadline changes every year. Visit the call page for the exact date.
The award is for a twelve-month period, from January to December.
No. The Research Award is offered for an uninterrupted period of twelve months.
Results for the Research Awards call will be available by late November in the call page.
No, Research Awardees are only based in IDRC offices.
The list of programs hosting a Research Awardee changes every year. Visit the call page for details on the positions offered by IDRC’s programs.
You can find out more about the Research Awards evaluation process in the Evaluation criteria section of the call page, as well as in the checklist and FAQs of the call.
The review of research proposals follows set procedures that do not involve feedback at this stage of your application. Candidates can review the research currently being supported by IDRC’s programs and become familiar with the objectives of each award.
All required information is clearly indicated in separate headings in the online application form.
The first thing to consider is that research supported by a Research Award must comply with the latest edition of the Canadian Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS2).
The proposal should therefore address the following issues:
- Fairness and equity
- Privacy and confidentiality
- Conflicts of interest
Each of these issues is covered in the TCPS2, so you can refer to the document for guidance on how to address them in your proposal. In addition, you can consult research ethics literature, as well as articles describing research similar to yours that may provide insight into how other researchers dealt with the ethical issues that may arise in your study.
In your application you must also indicate with appropriate reference(s) whether the country where data collection will occur requires a local research ethics committee to review your project. Please note that as a Research Award Recipient, you will be required to complete the TCPS 2 online training within the first weeks of your employment.
All research supported by a Research Award is expected to be gender-sensitive, and your proposal should reflect this. In gender-sensitive research, researchers recognize that gender is a significant variable that must be considered throughout the lifecycle of a study — from the formulation of research questions and objectives to the data collection and the presentation of the findings.
Several resources about gender-sensitive research and how to “engender” research are available online. The meaning of gender sensitivity will differ for each research project. For this reason, ensure that you consult a variety of resources to develop a sense of the approach that is most relevant to your research project. A free online course is offered by SciDev, and this checklist was developed as part of a project examining gender in research funded by the European Union.
In your proposal, illustrate how integrating a gender perspective will improve the relevance and quality of your project.
All Research Awardees start in January. In exceptional circumstances you may start later than January, but only with IDRC’s approval. In these cases the award will still end in December.
The duration of the research varies, but it is usually two to three months.
IDRC recognizes the OECD DAC List of ODA Recipients which lists the countries and territories eligible for Official Development Assistance. However, for exceptions and specifics on the countries, please see the section under “Research country exceptions” in the call page.
A “recognized university” is any university in the world that can grant a degree and is listed as such by the country in which it is located. We require applicants to be registered in, or have a degree from a recognized university.
In certain cases the university should be Canadian (specifically for applicants from low and middle-income countries who are currently completing a degree, because they will already have an appropriate work permit if they are studying at a Canadian university).