Funding Opportunity for University Collaborative Research on Implementation of The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

IOHE issued a call for proposals to apply for seed funding to support collaborative research between IOHE members on the implementation of the UN SDGs. In line with IOHE’s mission to contribute to the transformation of higher educational institutions (HEIs) to respond to their social and political contexts through the creation of, and support to, Inter-American collaboration, the goals of this call are twofold:

Goal 1. To promote collaboration and partnerships among IOHE members, and between members and local communities to advance the implementation of the UN Agenda 2030 through the creation of knowledge that is locally applicable and globally relevant; and

Goal 2. To learn from exemplary partnership models between HEIs and communities to further the SDGs, which can be effectively adapted for use by others in the IOHE network. 


  • Eligible projects are those which address one or more SDGs or promote the inclusion of the SDGs in curriculum, course design, research, outreach and partnership development to promote the fulfillment of Agenda 2030.
  • HEIs applicant must be a member of the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education
  • The Principal Investigator (PI) must be affiliated with the applicant HEI, which will provide a letter of institutional support for the project.
  • Applications must be submitted by a member or team of HEIs members of the IOHE. Institutions can submit more than one application.
  • Applications must be submitted electronically by an authorized research grants officer, or equivalent, from the IOHE member institution demonstrating support by the institution for the application.
  • Applicant HEIs must be up to date with IOHE Members’ Obligations as stated in Article 12 of its Declaration of Principles and Statutes.
  • The research project must include at least one (1) international partner from another member country of the Americas. Such partners can potentially be another IOHE member and/or a community partner.
  • Priority will be given to projects that engage local community partners (e.g., civil society organizations) in the definition and development of the project.
  • The proposal will have a duration of up to 18 months.


IOHE and a group of eight Canadian partner institutions have raised a total of CAD $100,000 and will provide seed funding up to CAD $10,000 per project to its members and community partners to conduct 12–18 months collaborative projects that contribute to the fulfillment of the SDGs. Projects can focus on implementing one or more of the SDGs in a given region, or improving the capacity of the University to address the SDGs in curriculum, research, outreach and partnerships. 

Indirect costs of up to 12% of direct costs have been waived for this funding opportunity; therefore, applicants do not need to include indirect costs in the project budget.

For more information, please visit the website

Two-stage proposal:

January 16, 2022. Letter of Intent (Stage 1). Applicants (not ORS) submit LOIs. Please put Yukino Mori, Manager, Global Engagement, Europe and Americas ( as an institutional contact for the LOI.  

Applicants successful in Stage 1 will be invited to apply in Stage 2 (Full Proposal stage]. The deadline will be confirmed by the sponsor. SFU Signature Sheet and full proposal due to o later than 3 business days before the submission deadline. Research Services submit the application to the agency. 

If you have any further questions about this opportunity, please contact Yukino Mori, Manager, Global Engagement, Europe and Americas at 

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