The Economics of Tobacco Control in Low and Middle-Income Countries

Call for

Concept notes


Food, Environment, and Health


December 15, 2017 by 12:00 (EST)




Consortium-building grants: Up to 48 months / Momentum-building grants: Up to 36 months

Funded by

IDRC and Cancer Research United Kingdom


North and Central America



Consortium-building grants: Up to CA$1,000,000 / Momentum-building grants: Up to CA$300,000






Lead applicant organizations must have legal corporate registration in an eligible low or middle- income country.

International organizations are eligible to apply as co-applicant organizations, provided that they have regional chapters or offices with appropriate legal status to operate and manage funds in the eligible countries where the research will occur.   

A number of countries considered high-risk may not be eligible as locations for research.

Applicant organizations will need to declare any conflicts of interest and should not have any past or current affiliations with the tobacco industry.  


The Call for concept notes on the Economics of Tobacco Control in Low and Middle-income Countries (LMICs) offers up to CA$1 million over a maximum of four years to support evidence-based research on the economic rationale for the adoption of tobacco-control policies across LMICs in four regions: Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa.

Targeting collaborative, applied economics research, the Call aims to support the implementation of effective fiscal and other policy measures to help prevent tobacco-related disease and save lives.

Beyond the generation of evidence, this Call also encourages collaborations between multiple institutions within countries or regions that enable research teams to actively engage in policy dialogue and policy-making processes.

The Call features two funding mechanisms:

  • The consortium-building stream is best suited for multi-disciplinary applications that aim to develop and test new solutions to practical problems at national or regional levels. The consortium model is intended to strengthen LMIC institutional leadership in tobacco control research by bringing together teams of individuals that can conduct high quality research and translate that evidence into solutions.
  • The momentum-building stream is appropriate for projects of a shorter duration and covering a narrower geographic scope. They may involve the collection of primary data, and/or analysis of secondary data. These may be projects that aim to develop and pilot novel ideas or projects that complement ongoing initiatives.

Applications are encouraged to address at least one of the following research themes: 

  • Best practices in tobacco taxation (e.g. elasticities of demand, industry pricing, fiscal revenue systems, optimal taxation scenarios, etc.);  
  • Economic impacts of tobacco use (e.g. direct costs of disease and productivity loss burdens);  
  • Economic impact of tobacco control policies and programs (e.g. on revenues, employment, farmer livelihoods, local businesses, health service costs, family welfare, realistic estimations of illicit trade effects);  
  • Policy barriers to fiscal measures imposed by international or regional economic agreements;
  • Health equity and differential economic impact of tobacco control policies on low-income groups, women, and indigenous people; and
  • Financing mechanisms for tobacco control and non-communicable disease prevention. 

Interested in applying?

If you are eligible for this opportunity we welcome you to submit an application.