IDRC-CRDI COVID-19 Global South Artificial Intelligence and Data Innovation Program 2020

IDRC-CRDI COVID-19 Global South Artificial Intelligence and Data Innovation Program 2020

Deadline: June 28, 2020

Applications are open for the IDRC-CRDI COVID-19 Global South Artificial Intelligence and Data Innovation Program 2020. The program aims to support multi-disciplinary research to deepen understanding of how to develop and scale responsible (inclusive, rights-based, ethical and sustainable), evidence-based AI and data science approaches that support response and recovery COVID-19 in Low and Middle Income countries.

Specifically, the program will aim to support research that is linked to government responses in the following areas:

  • Forecasting transmissions and reducing spread through policy and public health interventions;
  • Mobilizing AI and data science to understand and support gender-inclusive COVID action;
  • Optimizing public health system responses for patient diagnosis, care and management;
  • Building trust and combatting mis- and dis-information around COVID-19;
  • Strengthening data systems and information sharing about COVID-19;
  • Supporting transparent and responsible AI, data and digital rights governance around COVID-19 and pandemic responses.


  • The program will support projects between CAD $500K to CAD $1.25 million for two years (2020–2022).


  • Research consortia and individual organizations may apply, with preference in selection for those based in Low and Middle Income countries. For the purposes of this call, research consortia are defined as multidisciplinary research collaborations and networks made up of multiple organizations.
  • Preference will be given to research consortia that demonstrate an ability to work across different contexts and directly with governments. Please note that more than 50% of organizations in a consortium must be based in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Eligible applicants are legal entities, such as accredited universities, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, or government-funded research organizations.
  • Primary applicants must be a financially stable entity that can receive funds in a timely manner without being subject to lengthy approvals or country clearance.
  • Private sector organizations may apply, although commercial applications and innovations are not eligible for funding.
  • Consortia should identify a primary applicant institution that will receive and administer the funds because IDRC will not contract directly with additional organizations. The involvement and role(s) of consortia partners must be clearly articulated in the proposal.


All applications must be submitted by June 28, 2020 at 11:59pm ETD. Proposals received after the submission deadline will not be considered. 

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