Rural Poverty and Environment — Available Funding

Open Call for Concept Notes:

1) Research to enhance governance, access to and management of common pool resources (CPRs) including fisheries, forests and rangelands.

IDRC’s Rural Poverty and Environment (RPE) program invites concept notes for research projects that will enhance good governance, equitable access to and sustainable management of common pool resources. Concepts notes should:

  • focus on a specific geographic area (e.g. a region, transborder area, national park and surroundings, administrative unit such as a province, department or municipality), preferably within any of RPE’s priority geographic areas identified in our prospectus.

  • generate practical outcomes (e.g. that enhance access of marginalized groups to resources; that enhance resource quality and resilience; that increase wellbeing or livelihood security of poor and marginalized groups).

  • contribute to strengthening or creating effective linkages between local and other decision-making structures and processes

  • contribute to national or global debates on common pool resource governance

    Submissions with a link to Enhancing equitable access and use rights, Strengthening integration with economic and social systems, and Social Learning for Adaptive Management are also welcome.


    Submissions are welcome from Southern researchers and institutions, alone or in partnership with civil society, government or northern research institutions.

    Concept notes will be reviewed quarterly.

    Research ideas that best meet the above criteria will be invited to develop full proposals.

    To apply: Please follow the guidelines on RPE's webpage:

    How to Apply for Funding.


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