International Policy Ideas Challenge 2020 - Call for proposals

Global Affairs Canada, in collaboration with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) recently announced a call for proposals for the fifth edition of the International Policy Ideas Challenge.  A summary is provided below.


  • To draw on the network of talented Canadian graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and early-career civil society researchers to identify concrete, innovative solutions to emerging international policy challenges faced by Canada

Applicants are invited to submit brief proposals. Proposals should outline a trend or dynamic affecting Canadian foreign policy that applicants believe needs additional study.  Preference will be for ideas that fall under one of the themes indicated below, however, proposals related to other emerging issues and trends affecting Canada’s international policy priorities will also be considered.

  • Protection of Canada’s interests internationally, within a global context of increasing social volatility and uncertainty related to contested multilateralism and to predicted future decades of environmental, economic, political, cultural, and technological upheaval.
  • Canadian-led or -supported international responses to technologies that have the potential to seriously disrupt economic, social, and security systems, including those connected to the decline of fact-based reasoning in public discourse and social media.
  • Canadian-led or -supported approaches that champion changes in power structures and social norms that address global gender inequality.
  • Harnessing knowledge and innovation, such as from science, technology and applied research, in order to ensure greater effectiveness of Canada’s international assistance.
  • Canadian-led or –supported approaches to promoting economic security in order to strengthen international peace and security.
  • Canadian-led or –supported approaches to address diplomatic and security issues (e.g. climate change and increased accessibility for commercial and government interests) among Arctic states to advance trust, peace, and stability in the region.


Successful recipients will be given several months to consult with Global Affairs Canada “client” divisions and further develop their proposals into longer policy briefs, which will then be presented to Government of Canada officials in a day-long Ideas Symposium, hosted by Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa.

The award will be provided upon the submission of the final brief and formal presentation at Global Affairs Canada.  A modest travel supplement will also be provided to winners from outside the National Capital Region to facilitate the in-person participation of the lead researcher in the Ideas Symposium. 


Application due at ORS – April 3, 2020
Application due at agency – April 17, 2020

Post-docs should contact Kim McIntyre, Post-doctoral Services Coordinator, at or extension 22993, should they wish to apply to this competition.

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 Chair’s and Dean’s signatures.  To ensure that the approved application is ready by the agency deadline, a complete application folder must be submitted to the ORS ten (10) working days prior to final submission date.