DFID, IDRC and Hewlett Foundation’s Joint Call for Research Proposals on GrOW Program

Deadline: October 25, 2013

The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) are pleased to launch a call for research proposals on Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) – generating evidence on women’s economic empowerment, gender equality and growth in low-income countries. The program will bring together leading researchers from around the world to work collaboratively in addressing critical knowledge gaps.

This GrOW program aims to generate new evidence on women’s economic empowerment, gender equality, and growth in low-income countries. The program will address key evidence gaps by generating and synthesizing rigorous empirical research. It will also stimulate innovative partnerships and ways of working to ensure that robust evidence helps shape policies and programs to deliver better development outcomes for women, economies, and societies more broadly.


The program will award grants to institutions on a competitive basis. Approximately 15 institutions will be funded with grants ranging from $ CAD 300,000 to an amount not exceeding $ CAD 1 million. Projects should be scheduled to be completed within a timeframe of no less than 18 months and not exceeding 36 months, including all research activities and final reporting.


Only applications that meet the following eligibility criteria will be considered for funding:

  • Proposed projects must be carried out in or on one or more eligible low-income countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and/or South Asia. A list of low income countries can be found here.
  • A smaller number of proposals for research on middle-income countries can be considered if the proposed work clearly demonstrates that the research will provide lessons for low-income countries.
  • Proposed projects are to be undertaken by – or in the case of a research consortium, led by – a research-oriented institution with legal corporate registration.
  • The lead institutions should submit the application to IDRC on behalf of the consortium.
  • More than one research proposal may be submitted per institution if projects are led by different principal investigators.
  • The final selection process will take into account the need for a balanced portfolio of projects engaging a variety of researchers, themes and regions. UN, donor and multi-lateral organizations are NOT eligible to apply.
  • Applications from individual persons will NOT be accepted.
  • Research organisations in the following countries are NOT eligible for research grants as lead institutions: Cape Verde, Comoros, Equatorial Guinea, Mauritius, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Somalia.

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