India has inked memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) for supporting its ‘programme based research support in addressing current and future global and local developmental challenges. IRDC already is providing support to Indian government initiatives in areas like finance, industry, agriculture and health through quality research. Since 1972, IDRC has funded 551 research activities worth CA$159 million in India through institutions, researchers and NGOs. During l2012-17 period, 96 research projects worth CA$ 51 million were funded by IDRC in India.
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
IRDC is Canadian federal Crown corporation that invests in knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve lives and livelihoods in developing world. It was established by Parliament of Canada in 1970 under The International Development Research Centre Act. It encourages and supports researchers from developing countries to conduct research in their own institutions and regions.
IDRC development programs support innovative solutions that improve global access to food, jobs, health, and technologies for growth. IDRC’s three program areas promote innovation and deliver large-scale impact are Agriculture and Environment, Inclusive Economies and Technology and Innovation.