New Cyber Policy Centres in the Global South

January 19, 2017

IDRC is pleased to announce a new Cyber Policy Centres initiative that is aimed at strengthening independent policy research institutions in developing countries that focus on cyber-related policies related to digital rights, cybersecurity, and innovation policy.

The initiative will provide multi-year funding to promising research centres in the Global South and will work with successful applicants to improve their research, policy, and subject area performance.

Independent policy research institutions in the Global South will be invited to submit Expressions of Interest that identify long-term strategies to:

  • develop their own robust cyber policy research agenda that addresses all facets of cyber policy including human rights, security and innovation, and the interplay of these issues for Global South countries;
  • produce credible and legitimate research that convenes various perspectives on critical cyber policy issues;
  • increase their ability to inform and influence policy development; and
  • improve key aspects of their organizational performance and institutional capacity in order to support cyber policy subject expertise.

Value and duration

Support for research organizations in the Global South to a maximum total of CA$800,000 with the possibility of extension. The initial pilot phase will include support for up to four (4) organizations representing distinct geographic regions.


Established research organizations in eligible low-, middle- or upper-middle income countries in sub-Saharan and North Africa, the Middle East, South and South East Asia, and Latin America with strong research and policy engagement track records.

Application process

The call for expressions of interest will close on March 15, 2017. Interested organizations should visit IDRC Grants application page for more information and to apply.