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Call for expressions of interest: Case studies and prototypes for gendered design in STEAM

July 31, 2019
IDRC and Carleton University are pleased to announce a call for expressions of interest to examine gender-inclusive technological design in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).
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Gender considerations, especially pertaining to women, are often overlooked and/or under-represented in technical, scientific, and design fields. Funding from this call will support researchers in LMICs to adopt and share research and design methods and practices that bring gender considerations to the development of technology-based solutions to improve lives and livelihoods for all, and particularly for women and other disadvantaged people.

This call will be of interest to LMIC researchers who are currently involved in the conceptualization, design, and/or production of technology-based solutions, applications, methods, and processes. They are invited to submit expressions of interest in one of two streams:

  • Stream 1: Case studies – 15 to 20 grants valued at CA$10,000 to CA$15,000
  • Stream 2: Case study + prototype – 10 grants valued at a maximum of CA$35,000

Expressions of interest must pertain to innovations linked to STEAM fields, with particular interest in the following sectors:

  • transport/mobility;
  • renewable energy;
  • manufacturing;
  • housing;
  • infrastructure; and
  • accessibility (cross-cutting).

Applications from individuals (especially for Stream 1) and teams (especially for Stream 2) will be considered. Funding must be used for projects conducted within LMICs and by scholars and innovators located within those countries.

In addition to funding, successful applicants will benefit from capacity-building activities, resources, and regional expertise to assist them in incorporating gender considerations into their project and/or in sharing and validating their related experience with the cohort of successful applicants.

Please refer to the call for expressions of interest for more information. 

Additional questions should be sent to

The deadline for submitting expressions of interest is September 27, 2019 at 11:59 pm (EDT).