Request for proposals

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

Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (IOHE) launches a seed fund 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 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 (IOHE):
  • 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, other HEIs, members of the public, private sector 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 contribution to budget of each proposal is up to CAD $ 10,000

Submission deadline: January 16, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EST (UTC-4 hours).


Institutional Requirements

  • 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. If you want information about the membership status of your institution, you can write to us at the following email:
  • The Principal Investigator (PI) must be affiliated with the applicant HEI, which will provide a letter of institutional support for the project.

Application process

This grant will have a two-stage adjudication process.

  • Stage 1: Letter of Intent
  • Stage 2: Full Proposal

Stage 1: Letter of Intent

  • Proposals can be submitted in any of the official languages of the IOHE: Spanish, English, French or Portuguese.
  • The proposal for Stage 1 (Letter of Intent) must be submitted online before January 16, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EST (UTC-4 hours).:





  • Dates of the candidature evaluation process:

Due to the large volume of proposals we receive, we have postponed the process of evaluating the applications for a couple of weeks.

Publication of the selection of candidates for Stage 1 (Shortlist) February 14th
Full Proposal Submission (Stage 2) March 25th
Selected projects publication April 29
Signing of execution agreements May 27th
Project kick-off meeting May 30th
Project execution (up to 18 months) June 2022 – November 2023

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Stage 2 results (Selected projects)

We appreciate the participation of our membership in this call. We received 234 proposals from 83 Institutions in 15 countries of the Americas (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic and Venezuela).

1. Universidad Nacional del Nordeste (Argentina): Derecho a la alimentación y desarrollo rural sostenible: la biodiversidad y la defensa de los derechos de los campesinos en Argentina y Brasil.
2. Universidad Nacional del Sur (Argentina): Propuestas de movilidad urbana sostenible desde una perspectiva multidimensional.
3. Universidade Comunitária da Região de Chapecó (Brazil): Sustainable production by gender-driven social and economic movements: Brazil and Canada experiences on promoting UN 2030 Agenda SDGs (Cases: Pitanga Rosa-Brazil and La Maison Verte-Canada)
4. Université de Sherbrooke (Canada): Intégration des ODD dans les stratégies et les curriculums universitaires.
5. Universidad de Los Lagos (Chile): Centinelas Comunitarios: ciencia ciudadana para el monitoreo socioambiental participativo de zonas costeras en Chile y Brasil.
6. Fundación Universitaria Juan N. Corpas (Colombia): Observatorio de investigación internacional en Salud Pública: Modelo articulador de la academia, la sociedad civil y el gobierno para la construcción de mejores naciones mediante los ODS.
7. Universidad El Bosque (Colombia): Estrategias económicas y de conservación en el sector rural y silvestre en Colombia. Fase: Diseño de protocolos para la gestión de proyectos productivos para el sector de turismo de naturaleza.
8. Universidad de Costa Rica (Costa Rica): Integración de los ODS en la carrera de Ingeniería Agrícola y de Biosistemas de la Universidad de Costa Rica para contribuir al desarrollo sostenible del sector productivo en Costa Rica.
9. Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (Ecuador): La educación de la primera infancia y su impacto en las relaciones equitativas de género en niños y niñas de 3 a 5 años en pandemia. Casos Ecuador y Perú.
10. Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (Mexico): Manejo sustentable y rescate del conocimiento tradicional de los hongos comestibles del Parque Nacional Malinche, Puebla, como contribución a lograr la seguridad alimentaria y combate a la pobreza.


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