Partners and initiatives

There are no borders when it comes to issues like climate change, infectious disease, poverty, and instability. In today’s world, the challenges facing developing countries affect us all. Meeting these challenges calls for a global response that mobilizes research partners everywhere. When we pool our efforts, we generate powerful ideas, multiply resources, increase impact, and strengthen local capacity.

For more than 40 years, IDRC has actively developed and nurtured the funding partnerships that give developing-country researchers, organizations, and policymakers the tools and resources they need to build knowledge and innovate. Every year, we manage more than 800 research projects with 600 institutions, and grant about 200 individual awards.

Through this collaboration, researchers are controlling re-emerging infectious diseases, such as SARS and dengue, and testing an effective Ebola vaccine. They are also helping local communities adapt to climate change and continue to thrive.

And we can do more. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals call for revitalizing global partnerships – a key element in IDRC’s Strategic Plan 2015–2020.

Today, we are broadening our growing partnership base and brokering new relationships with the private sector, philanthropic organizations, and public funding institutions such as granting councils and aid agencies in the developing world. Our goal is to be a partner of choice, working with organizations from all sectors, to improve lives and livelihoods in developing countries.

Our Initiatives

Search our initiatives to see the many ways we partner to increase our impact.

The International Research Chairs Initiative pairs top research talent from universities in Canada with their counterparts in developing countries to address key development challenges.
The International Research Initiative on Adaptation to Climate Change aims to help vulnerable populations in Canada and in developing countries adapt to climate change. Five research teams are each tackling an urgent problem related to climate change adaptation, looking for solutions and strategies...
The Joint Canada-Israel Health Research Program is a 7-year, CA$35M Canadian-Israeli effort that draws on the unique scientific strengths of both countries and facilitates networking opportunities with peers from Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar is an IDRC and Global Affairs Canada partnership that seeks to support democratic transition in Myanmar through policy research.
The Livestock Vaccine Innovation Fund (LVIF) seeks to improve the health of livestock and the livelihoods of farmers by supporting the development, production, and commercialization of innovative vaccines against neglected livestock diseases (including poultry) in sub-Saharan Africa, South and...
The Open Data for Development program’s global network will facilitate and scale innovative approaches to open data to ensure benefits reach citizens in developing countries. Combining research and action to address scaling and sustainability of open data for development initiatives is key to the...
Funding for Ebola research that aims to improve response capacities around the current outbreak in the DRC.
The Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa is focused on strengthening the capacities of science granting councils in order to support research and evidence-based policies that will contribute to economic and social development in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Economics of Tobacco Control Research Initiative funds innovative fiscal policy research supporting tobacco control in low and middle-income countries.
This initiative is creating high-quality independent research and policy institutions throughout the developing world.