41 University Partnerships in Cooperation and Development Program UPCD Tier 2 Internal Competition

 PDAD&C #41


FROM:   Prof. Patricia McCarney, Associate Vice-President, International Research and Development
Date: December 21, 2004
RE: University Partnerships in Cooperation and Development Program (UPCD) – Tier 2 Internal Competition


In response to the recently announced competition for the University Partnerships in Cooperation and Development Program (UPCD) - Tier 2 Program, U of T’s Office of the Associate Vice-President, International Research and Development is announcing the internal competition process.

UPCD is a program of the Canadian International Development Agency and administered by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. Tier 2 funding of $1,000,000 (CAN) over six years provides opportunities for Canadian universities to collaborate with developing country counterparts that are involved in human resource development in the four priority areas of CIDA’s Social Development Framework: (1) health and nutrition, (2) basic education, (3) HIV/AIDS, and (4) child protection. The proposals can also target such economic priorities as agricultural and rural development, or private-sector development. The initiatives can also address one or several of Canada’s six Official Development Assistance priorities: (1) basic human needs, (2) women in development, (3) infrastructure services, (4) human rights, democracy and good governance, (5) private sector development, and (6) the environment.

While selection is merit-based, the program will aim to meet the following CIDA targets:

  • at least 50 percent of meritorious projects recommended for funding are for the primary benefit of African countries. The balance is for projects in eligible countries of the Middle East, Asia or Latin America and the Caribbean;
  • at least 60 percent of meritorious projects recommended for funding contribute to one or more of the social development priorities or economic priorities (agricultural and rural development, and private-sector development). The balance may address any other Canadian Official Development Assistance priority;
  • finally, where possible, efforts will be made to limit the number of recommended projects to one per developing country, excluding those countries that Canada has identified for increased aid investments, where more than one project may be considered for recommendation. These countries are Bangladesh, Bolivia, Honduras, Mali, Ghana, Senegal, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Tanzania.

Also, the following two amendments have been recently made:

  • Up to 12 percent of the CIDA contribution to the UPCD project may be used for the direct costs of applied research necessary to achieve project objectives. In the past, it has always been acceptable to spend some of the CIDA contribution on applied research, but it was unclear how much was acceptable. A definite percentage has now been established although project proponents still need to justify the relevance of research for achieving the project's development goals. For further information, see Section 5.3.4.
  • In Asia, where development has advanced significantly, some countries are expected to make a transition from an aid relationship with CIDA to one based on mutual interests. Accordingly, CIDA will not approve any new UPCD programming in either Malaysia or Thailand, effective immediately.

The UPCD competition is a two stage process: the first step is a Letter of Intent and then if selected by the AUCC Review Committee, a full proposal is to be developed.  Universities invited to submit full proposals following successful Letters of Intent will receive travel funding to develop the full proposal.

Since each Canadian university is only allowed to submit two Tier 2 Letters of Intent, a U of T Peer Review Committee will select the two submissions to go forward to AUCC.  The schedule for the U of T internal competition and AUCC deadlines are as follows:



Location and Time

Internal Letters of Intent (5 pages including budget) deadline

January 25, 2005

27 King’s College Circle
Simcoe Hall, Room 5
by 5:00 p.m.

U of T Peer Review Committee will select two Letters of Intent  as the University of Toronto’s submissions

February 22, 2005


Office of the Associate Vice-President, International Research and Development will work with the researchers for the selected Letter’s of Intent to finalize their submissions for AUCC

February 22, 2005 – March 10, 2005


AUCC Letters of Intent deadline

March 11, 2005

The two Letters of Intent to be submitted to AUCC by 5:00 p.m. 

For further information, please contact Anatoly Oleksiyenko, International Liaison Officer at (416) 946-8970 or anatoly.oleksiyenko@utoronto.ca