IDRC Addressing neglected areas of sexual and reproductive health and rights in sub-Saharan Africa (ANSRHRA) 2024 – Call for letters of interest

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IDRC Addressing neglected areas of sexual and reproductive health and rights in sub-Saharan Africa (ANSRHRA) 2024 – Call for letters of interest

is Application Deadline:

13th May 2024 – 23:59 ET

Tell Me About Award:

Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and other funding partners are investing up to CAD19.1 million to fund up to 16 implementation research teams to support gender-transformative implementation research in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Focused on investments to transform service design and delivery and to strengthen the development and implementation of equitable and sustainable movements, the ANSRHRA Initiative will contribute to improved sexual and reproductive health and realization of rights while also building systems and structures that enable and support underserved populations, including women and girls, to demand and benefit from the full spectrum of SRHR.

The Initiative’s overall aim is to support greater realization of neglected SRHR by underserved populations, including women and girls, in sub-Saharan Africa. 



Who can Apply?

he ANSRHRA Initiative will prioritize projects that address the following five priority areas of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR):  

  • improving access to family planning and contraceptive services 
  • expanding access to safe abortion where legally permitted and post-abortion care 
  • upholding SRHR rights and ensuring access to services for adolescents  
  • preventing and improving services for people experiencing sexual and gender-based violence 
  • strengthening advocacy for SRHR 

Successful projects will address at least one of these priority areas of SRHR.  

Letters of interest must demonstrate a capacity for gender-transformative change grounded in a feminist approach to research, integrating systems perspectives drawn from health systems research together with participatory and collaborative approaches to creating evidence, building on local priorities and knowledge, particularly of underserved populations. 

Project teams must include a researcher at an African-based institution in an eligible country as the principal investigator, a senior member of a civil society organization led by and/or prioritizing underserved populations who has been active in supporting priority areas of SRHR as a co-principal investigator, an independent researcher based at a Canadian institution as a co-principal investigator, and at least one relevant local-, district- or national-level decision-maker as a co-investigator from the same country as the principal investigator’s institution.  

How Many Awards?

Not specified

What is the Benefit of Award?

Grant funding of up to CAD 1.2 million per implementation research team, over a period of up to 36 months.

How Long will Award Last?

36 months

How to Apply:

This anticipatory funding opportunity will involve a two-stage process. In the first stage, interested applicants will be required to submit a letter of interest (LOI). This stage requires applicants to complete an eligibility checklist and upload supporting documents. Only applicants who are successful at the LOI stage will be invited to submit a full technical proposal. Specific requirements for the application process, including the LOI phase, are outlined in the call document.    

The full list of eligibility requirements, including the list of eligible countries, and frequently asked questions (FAQs) can be found in the following links:  

  1. Call for letters of interest document
  2. FAQ document 

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