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Research award: Foundations for Innovation

Deadline: September 6, 2017

Please note that all applications must be submitted online.

IDRC is one of the world’s leaders in generating new knowledge to meet global challenges. We offer a number of research awards providing a unique opportunity to enhance research skills and gain a fresh perspective on crucial development issues. These one‐year, paid, in‐house programs of training and mentorship allow award holders to pursue their research goals and work in one of IDRC’s dynamic program or division teams.

The Foundations for Innovation program wishes to improve understanding of the environment that enables researchers and partners to innovate, test new products and processes, and scale-up their work to improve the lives of people in low and middle income countries (LMICs). In addition to leading-edge collaborative research, the program supports individual and organizational capacity-building initiatives, particularly in areas related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). We are particularly interested in the roles of research councils or innovation councils, and the roles of other policy and regulatory institutions.

We invite applicants to undertake research on:

  • academic/non-academic partnerships in support of social or economic objectives (particularly related to the Sustainable Development Goals);
  • the relationship between supply and demand of research in support of national objectives;
  • gendered research and innovations; and
  • the financial and regulatory environment for scaling-up new, development-oriented technologies in LMICs.

The successful candidate will allocate 50% of his/her time for a research project relating to the above themes under the guidance of an IDRC program officer. The awardee will be expected to prepare a research plan, provide progress updates throughout the year, and present his/her findings at the end of the year. The other 50% of the successful candidate’s time will include contributions to program operations, which may include synthesizing and disseminating project outcomes and results; participating in program and project development, monitoring, and evaluation; supporting program communications and research dissemination activities; and preparing internal and external reports.

Applicants should clearly outline their qualifications for this position, and explain how this opportunity will advance their career goals.

Who can apply?

To be eligible, you must meet the requirements stated in the IDRC Research Awards 2018 call page.

Candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • Knowledge of science, technology and innovation;
  • Knowledge of research for development;
  • Field experience in a developing country;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently; and
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills.

It is highly desirable that the candidate is enrolled in (or has recently completed) a master’s program in one of the following disciplines: science, technology and innovation policy, development studies, or economics.

Language requirements:

  • Applicants must be fluent in English;
  • Proficiency in French is an asset.

This position is located at IDRC’s head office in Ottawa, Canada.


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