Guidelines for Writing Project Proposal

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Introduction These guidelines reflect the objectives and funding criteria of all of IDRC's programs. Due to their general nature, some of the subcategories may not apply in every case. The guidelines cover the major categories required in a proposal and address some general questions concerning the proposed structure and content of the documentation. A proposal's maximum length can be discussed with an IDRC program officer. Generally, the Centre prefers that the research proposal, excluding appendices, not exceed 20 single-spaced pages. Proposals may be submitted in English or in French. They can also be written in Spanish, but a summary of several pages will need to be translated into English or French at the time that the…show more content…
Note that capacity-building is very often an objective in IDRC projects. Proposals should be explicit about the capacity-building needs that the project will address. If the proposal is for the second phase of a project or if the applicant has received IDRC funding in the past for similar work, describe the results of the previous work and indicate why additional work is required. A note on technological research If one of the project's objectives is to produce a prototype of a "hard" or "soft" technology and there are reasonable expectations that it will be widely distributed and marketed, the proposal should discuss the socioeconomic implications: * Demand and supply: the expected level of demand for the technology; marketing requirements; users' willingness or ability to pay; alternative sources of supply; price and quality competitiveness; input and credit availability; pricing policies. * Profitability: the financial viability for entrepreneurs, farmers, or consumers; cost-effectiveness compared to alternatives. * Social impact: the impact on working conditions or quality of life; distribution of benefits between income classes and genders; degree and nature of local participation; effect on culture and values; long-term sustainability; the costs and benefits to society (for example, implications for government
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