Supplemental Funding for the 2022 Special Call

Projects awarded funding through the NFRF 2022 Special Call may be eligible for supplemental funding from one or more partner organizations.


To be considered for supplemental funds, a project must meet the criteria set out by one or more of the partner organizations. Supplemental funds will only be considered for projects that have been selected for funding through the merit review process for the NFRF 2022 Special Call.

Information about available supplemental funds and the criteria set by each organization will be added here as it is confirmed.

Partner organizations

International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

IDRC will provide up to $200,000 in supplemental funds per project. As part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts, the IDRC champions and funds research and innovation in and alongside developing regions to drive global change. IDRC invests in high-quality research in developing countries, shares knowledge with researchers and policy-makers for greater uptake and use, and mobilizes our global alliances to build a more sustainable and inclusive world.

To be eligible for consideration for supplemental funds from IDRC, projects must fulfil the following criteria: 

  • Have a strong focus on low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) and least developed countries and/or be co-led by institutes or researchers based in these countries. Definitions to be used as per the OECD DAC List of ODA recipients;
  • Demonstrate an equal footing partnership modality, i.e., strong preference given to an LMIC partner with a legal identity that allows it to receive funds directly from IDRC;
  • If selected for consideration, propose a supplemental budget for the IDRC portion of the grant, with indirect costs for supplemental grants not exceeding 13% of total cost, and demonstrate how the outputs and outcomes would support the objectives of the IDRC Strategy 2030 in addition to the NFRF objectives.

    Applications with a primary focus on research priorities under Pillar 1—Health Systems and Services are not eligible.

Supporting organizations

The following organizations are supporting the 2022 Special Call through other mechanisms.

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) [German Research Foundation]

Researchers eligible for DFG funding can liaise with the Research for Postpandemic Recovery program through an independent Individual Research Grant proposal to the DFG referencing a related collaboration. The framework of the Individual Research Grants program offers funding for travel expenses, funding for visiting researchers from abroad, as well as guest fellowships to enable intensive, long-term collaboration with visiting researchers. There are no special funds available for these efforts. The review process is carried out separately from the NFRF Special Call according to the DFG’s criteria for the Review of Research Grants, and proposals must succeed on the strengths of their intellectual merit and teams in competition with all other proposals in the Research Grants program.

Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

Researchers eligible for SNSF funding can liaise with the Research for Postpandemic Recovery program either through a Scientific Exchange or a project from the Project funding scheme. Scientific Exchanges are aimed at researchers who work in any field of scientific research and want to either invite colleagues from abroad for a research visit to Switzerland or visit their colleagues in another country for between one and six months. Proposals can be submitted at any time. The SNSF’s Project funding scheme is open to any researchers based in Switzerland who want to conduct research projects with topics and goals of their own choice. Applicants can apply for funding of research costs and staff salaries, as well as of scientific cooperation, networking, mobility and communication. The funding period ranges from one to four years. Researchers outside of Switzerland who make a partial contribution to the research project can participate as project partners and receive up to 20% of the project budget. This funding scheme has two deadlines per year, typically April 1 and October 1.

There are no special funds available for these efforts. Evaluation at the SNSF is carried out separately from the NFRF Special Call, within the SNSF’s regular competition and according to its evaluation criteria.

Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ)

The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), a Brazilian federal strategic health research institution, is publicizing the NFRF 2022 Special Call among its researchers, and mobilizing the Fiocruz community to submit proposals in collaboration with Canadian researchers.

Fiocruz is committed to providing supplemental funding of up to $10,000 (Canadian) per year over two years, for a total of up to $20,000, to Fiocruz research groups involved in projects funded through the NFRF 2022 Special Call, to support eventual travel expenses (e.g., to connect Brazilian and Canadian researchers) or/and local fieldwork. These funds will be granted directly to the Fiocruz research group involved in the NFRF project. To be eligible for this supplemental Fiocruz funding (specific criteria for which will be detailed in separate and independent internal Fiocruz guidelines), projects must:

  • be funded through the NFRF 2022 Special Call—Research for Postpandemic Recovery;
  • have at least one Fiocruz researcher as a co-PI or co-applicant;
  • include Brazil in the case study; and
  • include research questions related to Pillar 1—Health Systems and Services.

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[Funding for science, technology and innovation]

Eligible Ivorian researchers on projects funded through the NFRF 2022 Special Call: Research for Postpandemic Recovery may have access to supplemental funding from FONSTI through its Applied Research, Basic Research and/or Experimental Development and Innovation funding windows. Project leaders from any scientific fields may apply for FONSTI support, which can be used for research, science communication and/or dissemination of research findings. Award duration is between one and three years.

Evaluation by FONSTI is carried out separately from the NFRF Special Call and within FONSTI’s regular project application process, which happens twice a year, in February and July. Proposals will be selected based on FONSTI’s criteria, and on the quality and synergy of the research teams.

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