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Adapting to Climate Change in Vulnerable Coastal Communities

Deadline: December 1, 2010, 11:59 pm EST (Ottawa time)   

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This document outlines a call for research ideas for possible funding support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The purpose of this call is to support research that can provide options that will strengthen the ability of coastal communities to prepare for and recover quickly from water-related stresses exacerbated by climate change. The funding targets institutions such as universities, research centres and other organisations with a research mandate.

About IDRC

Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) supports research in developing countries to promote growth and development. The result is innovative, lasting local solutions that aim to bring choice and change to those who need it most. IDRC’s Climate Change and Water Program (CCW) helps developing country researchers to understand the consequences of climate change on water resources and water-related natural hazards. It seeks ways to improve the ability of citizens, communities, and governments to adapt to the changing environment.

About the Call

IDRC is seeking ideas for a limited number of research grants of up to CA$500,000. Projects should not exceed three years in duration. The Call is designed to support researchers from developing country institutions to find adaptive solutions to the water related impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities living in coastal areas. Research should emphasize alternatives that may be implemented at different scales from small communities to national level policy options. An economic analysis of the estimated costs of climate change impacts and adaptation options should be included as part of the research. Due to the differential impacts climate change and adaptation will have on women, youth, and other vulnerable groups, proposals that soundly include gender sensitive research methodologies and interventions are welcome. Proponents are invited to present research and capacity building projects that will lead to improvements in the ability of communities living in coastal areas to adapt to climate change. The strengthening of institutional capacity will be an important selection criterion, and the active involvement of junior researchers and students from both the natural and the social sciences is encouraged. IDRC encourages the submission of concept notes by interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder teams where local authorities and communities are involved in the early stages of the project development. IDRC also welcomes requests for partial grants in projects where the proponents are able to secure a part of the resources from other independent sources. It is important to note that the IDRC mandate is one of support for research meaning that proposals must present key problems, analysis and research based solutions. IDRC will not cover infrastructure costs outside of the context of research and experimentation.

Contact information Nicole Mayer, Program Assistant, Climate Change and Water (CCW) program (email:
Phone: +1-613-696-2309
News type Procurement
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Source of information IDRC
Keyword(s) sea level rise, seawater intrusions, floods, droughts in coastal areas
Geographical coverage n/a
News date 04/11/2010
Working language(s) ENGLISH