56 CIDA's UPCD Tier 2 Competition

PDAD&C #56, 2005-06 


To: Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
From:  John R.G. Challis, Vice-President, Research and Associate Provost
Date: December 19, 2005
Re: CIDA's UPCD Tier 2 Competition


The launch of CIDA's UPCD Tier 2 competition has been delayed, in part because the list of eligible countries has not yet been confirmed. CIDA expects to finalize the guidelines by mid-January, which would likely lead to a competition launch at the end of January and Letters of Intent due at the end of March or early April.

CIDA Tier 2 projects are funded on a cost-shared basis. CIDA will contribute up to $1 million for a maximum of six year projects.   The goal of the UPCD Tier 2 program is to enable participating developing countries to effectively address their sustainable development priorities. The purpose of the program is to increase the capacity of DCETOs, through collaboration with Canadian universities, to address the development needs of the communities DCETOs serve.  The funding is aligned with CIDA’s development priorities identified in its September 2002 policy statement on strengthening aid effectiveness, entitled Canada Making a Difference in the World.  

The University is allowed to put forward 2 letter of intent for the program and will set internal deadlines for the submission of proposals once the competition deadline dates have been confirmed.
Notwithstanding the delay, interested project groups should start preparing their proposals now to ensure that they can respond quickly to any call that CIDA will be making.