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IDRC Call For Research Proposals On Women And Economic Growth

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GrOW Call for proposals: Effects of patterns of growth on women’s economic empowerment

In partnership with the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DfID) and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the International Development Research Centre is pleased to announce a call for research proposals concerning the Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) program on the effect of specific patterns of growth on women’s economic empowerment.

Applications must be submitted by 17:00 (GMT)/12:00 (EST) on 23 February 2015, through the IDRC online application process.


  • Online applications can be submitted in either English or French.
  • Incomplete and/or late submissions will not be eligible.
  • UN, donor, and multilateral organizations are not eligible to apply.
  • Applications from individual persons will not be accepted.
  • Research focused on a single country or economic context will not be accepted.
  • Applications led by principal investigators who are already leads on any other GrOW funded project will not be accepted.
  • Research organizations located or planning to conduct research in the following countries are not eligible for research grants as lead institutions: Cape Verde, Comoros, Equatorial Guinea, Mauritius, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, and Somalia.
  • Research consortia comprised of multiple institutional partners may apply; however, one partner must be designated as the lead institution. The lead institutions should submit the application to IDRC on behalf of the consortium.
  • Research under this call is not restricted to low-income countries; however, all research must be relevant and provide lessons for low-income countries.
  • More than one application may be submitted per institution if projects are led by different principal investigators.
  • Proposed projects are to be undertaken/led by a research-oriented institution with legal corporate registration.
  • Microeconomic studies on the barriers to women’s economic empowerment will not be accepted.
  • Preference will be given to applications that:
    • are led by Southern institutions, or showcase collaboration with Southern partners;
    • propose a set of projects covering a wide spectrum of the broader research questions described in the call document;
    • analyze policies that can enhance positive impacts of growth patterns on women’s economic empowerment.
    • Project duration: The project duration cannot exceed 24 months, including all research activities and final reporting.

Budget total and apportionment:Through this call a single consortium is expected to undertake six to eight (6-8) projects within a total budget of up to CA $2 million. There is scope for funding one to two (1-2) individual research projects of under CA$300,000 if the proposed research is on a priority area.
Scope: This call aims to investigate the effect that specific patterns of growth have on women’s economic empowerment. Research also aims to determine which public policies and interventions can ensure that the positive effects of growth on women’s empowerment are enhanced and the negative effects minimized.
Additional information:

  • This call is the first step of two stages in the selection process for the funding of a proposal. 
  • Only applicants selected to move on to round two will be notified by 5 April 2015.
  • Up to four (4) selected teams will be asked to submit online full research proposals for review and funding consideration by 7 July 2015. 
  • A final decision is expected to be communicated to selected applicants by 20 August 2015.
  • Have additional questions? Refer to the frequently asked questions or contact

Download the call documents:
Call document
To apply, complete and submit the online application
FAQs:The GrOW team will update the FAQ section as needed to address pertinent application questions posed by applicants.

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