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International Policy Ideas Challenge

Global Affairs Canada (GAC), in collaboration with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), is pleased to announce the second edition of the International Policy Ideas Challenge designed to identify concrete innovative solutions to emerging international policy challenges faced by Canada. The objective of the program is to draw on the network of talented Canadian graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and civil society researchers. Applicants are initially invited to submit brief proposals. Ten selected finalists will be given several months to further develop their proposals into policy briefs, which will then be presented to Government of Canada officials.

Award

Ten winning projects will receive $3,000 each (regardless of whether the proposal is submitted by an individual or a team). The award will be made upon the submission of the final product to Global Affairs Canada. In addition to the award, travel expenses of up to $800 per project will be covered to facilitate the finalists’ participation in the presentation session and the SSHRC Knowledge Summit in Ottawa in November. A supplement may be available to researchers travelling long distances in order to partially offset the higher cost of airfare.

Themes

Each proposal should offer solutions bridging at least two of the three policy areas under Global Affairs Canada’s mandate—foreign policy, trade, and international development. Ideas should be linked to the priority themes indicated below. However, proposals related to other emerging issues and trends affecting Canada’s international policy will also be considered.

  • Strengthening Canada’s relations with major traditional and emerging partners;
  • Applying a Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) approach to Canada’s global engagement;
  • Strengthening Canada’s capacity to meet its goals and major international commitments, in particular the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; the Paris Agreement on climate change; the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States; the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security; and the Global Compacts on refugees and migration;
  • Identifying best ways for Canada to support fragile and conflict-affected states;
  • Advancing Canada’s progressive trade agenda in a way that promotes Canada’s prosperity, while supporting inclusive growth and sustainable development globally;
  • Populism, extremism, and challenges to governance and democratic development.

Global Affairs Canada is grateful to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) for supporting this initiative.

Application Procedures

Please refer to the Government of Canada website for application procedures.

Eligibility Requirements

Please refer to the Government of Canada website for eligibility information.

Annual Value

$3,000 CAD