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IDRC Climate-Smart Livestock Systems Fund

Opportunity NameGlobal call for research concept notes: climate-smart livestock systems
AgencyThe Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
ValueUp to $1,500,000
Indirect CostsEligible at 13%
DurationUp to 36 months
Application due to SIRI for full review01-11-2024
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review01-18-2024
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due to SIRI01-22-2024
Application due at agency 01-25-2024

The focus of the fund will be to develop new climate-smart livestock technologies and business models to improve animal productivity, promote climate adaptation and lower emission intensity for smallholder livestock farmers in climatic hotspots in Africa.

The CSLS programming will have two streams of research:   

  1. climate-smart innovations in livestock systems 
  2. delivery models to commercialize and scale mature climate-smart innovations    

The CSLS will be implemented under two main streams, a first cohort of projects dealing with development of climate-smart technologies and innovations and a second one focussing on efficient ways or business models to deliver any scalable mature technologies to the farmers. This call for concept notes is for the climate-smart innovations in livestock systems research stream.   

Thematic focus areas  

Four thematic areas have been identified as being research priorities for CSLS program:  

  1. water, pastures and feed management
  2. Indigenous knowledge systems, climate data and management  
  3. integration of renewable energy — circular economies  
  4. animal health  

  • Must be led by an African public or private institution in a country south of Sahara. 
  • Projects must be implemented in climatic hotspots within sub-regions of Sub-Saharan Africa.   

How to Apply

An information session will be held on December 21 at 9 a.m. EST (UTC/GMT -5 hours). Please register at  Questions are to be submitted in advance to

York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Dean’s signature.  Please send the complete application, with the finalized budget and a completed ORS checklist to, five days prior to agency deadline.

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.

For specific questions, please contact FSc Research Services at