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OPPORTUNITY: Research call on Climate Resilient Cities in Latin America

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CDKN, the International Development Research Centre of Canada (IDRC) and Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano (FFLA) are pleased to launch the Climate Resilient Cities in Latin America research call. With a total budget of US$1.5 million, this research call focuses on climate resilience in urban contexts, and specifically on small and medium cities in Latin America that are experiencing rapid growth. We expect to fund around six projects of between 12 – 21 months duration. The final number and size of awards will depend, among other factors, on the quality of proposals and amount of funding requested by applicants.

What are we looking for?

Latin America’s population is already predominantly urban, and this trend is ongoing; in absolute terms the urban population will increase significantly over the coming decades. The bulk of urban growth in the region is taking place in small and medium cities. As these cities grow, they have an important opportunity to steer their development along a climate-resilient pathway. Thoughtful and innovative planning is critical in order to avoid challenges faced by larger cities such as poor air quality, access to water, sanitation and other services, and new risks created by settlement growth in hazard-prone areas and risk-blind decision making.

Under this research call, we invite applicants to submit solution-oriented, thought-leading proposals which explore how the rapid growth of small and medium cities in Latin America can be harnessed to deliver climate-resilient, transformative urban development. We are looking for high quality applied research initiatives that sit across the boundary between research and advisory services. Multi and inter-disciplinary research is encouraged, where such collaborations have the potential to improve the quality of research, knowledge products and policy engagement processes.

All proposals must relate to one or more of the following countries: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guyana, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, México, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, and Uruguay.

The research call will follow a two stage process. Applicants are first required to complete and submit an Expression of Interest Form (EOI), by Monday 13th June, 12:00 hours (Quito/Lima/Bogota time). Subsequently, shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by the final deadline of 5th August 2016.

Full details of the research call, including research sub themes and definitions of key terms, are given in the Terms of Reference. Applications must be submitted within the research call’s EOI application form template, and be accompanied by a completed non-disclosure agreement.

Please see here for the application documents. After clicking on the link, please enter your details to receive the TOR, EOI application form and, non-disclosure agreement via email.

Additional Information

  • If you have any questions regarding the Terms of Reference, please submit these by latest Friday 27th May, 12:00 (Quito/ Lima/Bogota). The instructions and details on how to submit these enquiries can be found in section 7 of the TOR. Please note that we can only respond to clarification questions regarding the research call process, eligibility and thematic focus; we cannot provide feedback at on individual project ideas at this stage.
  • Please be advised that the timetable following the deadline for the Expression of Interest may be subject to change if the organisers require further time for review. Applicants will be notified of any change to the timeline that is detailed in the Terms of Reference.


We have released responses to clarification questions received by the questions deadline (27th May), which can be accessed here. The responses are also available in a blog post here.

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