IDRC funds research in developing countries to create lasting change on a large scale.

To make knowledge a tool for addressing pressing challenges we:

  • provide developing-country researchers financial resources, advice, and training to help them find solutions to local problems.
  • encourage knowledge sharing with policymakers, researchers, and communities around the world.
  • foster new talent by offering fellowships and awards.
  • strive to get new knowledge into the hands of those who can use it.

In doing so, we contribute to Canada’s foreign policy, complementing the work of Global Affairs Canada, and other government departments and agencies.

Who we work with

Regions and countries

We work with researchers, development practitioners, and policymakers to build sustainable, local leadership.

Partners and initiatives

We collaborate with governments, research institutions, and global funders to develop solutions to multiply our impact.

Browse our project library

We've funded over 1,000 projects over the past decade and you can find them all here
Region(s): South East Asia
Le virus influenza provoque une infection des voies respiratoires supérieures chez les humains, les espèces aviaires et une variété de mammifères.
Region(s): Bhutan, Ethiopia
Hemorrhagic septicemia is an acute, often fatal bacterial disease, mainly in cattle and buffaloes, which is prevalent in Asian and African countries.
Region(s): Kenya
African swine fever is a devastating hemorrhagic disease with mortality rates up to 100% in infected herds.
Region(s): South Asia
This pilot project is one of four pilots exploring the feasibility of a Think Heath Initiative, a prospective program that would support evidence-based policy engagement on the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Region(s): Latin America
This project is one of four pilots exploring the feasibility of a Think Heath Initiative, a prospective program that would support evidence-based policy engagement on the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Region(s): East Africa, Southern Africa
This is one of four pilot projects exploring the feasibility of a Think Heath Initiative, a prospective program that would support evidence-based policy engagement on the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Region(s): Global
Agriculture is the backbone of many developing country economies, but the capacity of resource-poor smallholder farmers to adopt agricultural innovations is curtailed by lack of access to adequate financial services.
Region(s): Mozambique
Mozambique has made it a priority to address its high maternal death rate and its high adolescent pregnancy rate.
Region(s): Brazil, Costa Rica
This project seeks to contribute to agricultural resilience to climate change in Costa Rica and Brazil by developing more sustainable soil and water management strategies.
Region(s): Kenya
Early childhood development research has traditionally focused on single-intervention initiatives and non-refugee populations.

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