It is call for concept notes. The Amount is in Canadian Dollars. 

There are two streams of Funding. The limits are different for the two:

1. Consortium Building - Maximum duration for the proposed project is 4 years, and maximum funding available is CAD 1,000,000. 

2. Momentum Building - for the proposed project is 3 years, and maximum funding available is CAD 300,000. 


The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Cancer Research UK (CRUK) have announced a Call for Concept Notes on The Economics of Tobacco Control in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) as part of their Economics of Tobacco Control Research Initiative. The Initiative is a five-year partnership between IDRC and CRUK that aims to address the development challenges posed by tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries.
The general objective of the Call is to generate evidence that provides the economic rationale for the prevention of tobacco-related diseases and the adoption of tobacco-control policies across LMICs in four regions: Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle-East-and-North-Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Funding Mechanisms
  •  The consortium-building stream is best suited for multi-disciplinary applications that aim to develop and test new solutions to practical problems at national or regional levels. The consortium model is intended to strengthen LMIC institutional leadership in tobacco control research by bringing together teams of individuals that can conduct high quality research and translate that evidence into solutions.
  • The momentum-building stream is appropriate for projects of a shorter duration and covering a narrower geographic scope. They may involve the collection of primary data, and/or analysis of secondary data. These may be projects that aim to develop and pilot novel ideas or projects that complement ongoing initiatives.


Applications are encouraged to address at least one of the following research themes: 

  • Best practices in tobacco taxation (e.g. elasticities of demand, industry pricing, fiscal revenue systems, optimal taxation scenarios, etc.);  
  • Economic impacts of tobacco use (e.g. direct costs of disease and productivity loss burdens);  
  • Economic impact of tobacco control policies and programs (e.g. on revenues, employment, farmer livelihoods, local businesses, health service costs, family welfare, realistic estimations of illicit trade effects);  
  • Policy barriers to fiscal measures imposed by international or regional economic agreements;
  • Health equity and differential economic impact of tobacco control policies on low-income groups, women, and indigenous people; and
  • Financing mechanisms for tobacco control and non-communicable disease prevention. 
Eligibility Criteria
  • Lead applicant organizations must have legal corporate registration in an eligible low or middle- income country.
  • International organizations are eligible to apply as co-applicant organizations, provided that they have regional chapters or offices with appropriate legal status to operate and manage funds in the eligible countries where the research will occur.
  • A number of countries considered high-risk may not be eligible as locations for research.
  • Applicant organizations will need to declare any conflicts of interest and should not have any past or current affiliations with the tobacco industry.
How to Apply

Visit the following page. The link for online application is given at the bottom. 

Online Application