International Development, Aid and Collaboration (IDAC) Funding Program

Launched October 2019, IDAC is a funding program facilitated by Royal College International (RCI). The program supports a selected number of projects led by Royal College Fellows that help to improve health profession education and local capacity in low- and middle-income countries.

The program’s first call for applications was a tremendous success with more than 60 applications received. Nine projects were selected for funding support commencing April 1, 2020. To learn more about the current projects, visit the Royal College Newsroom.

Note that due to COVID-19 and travel restrictions, there was no IDAC call for applications in 2020. A number of IDAC projects and activities originally planned to begin in 2020 have also been delayed due to the same reasons. Some activities have since restarted, while others are waiting for an appropriate and safe time to resume.

The next IDAC call for applications will be announced at a later date. Please come back regularly to this page for updates.

Should you have any questions regarding the program, consult our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page or contact us at

Eligibility criteria

RCI receives and reviews many IDAC project applications seeking support. Prior to applying, please ensure the following eligibility criteria have been met in full:

  • may only be submitted by Fellows of the Royal College with an active membership;
  • must be aligned with the mandate and mission of the Royal College and RCI, and must demonstrate impact and sustainability;
  • project support cannot exceed three years’ duration and will not exceed CAD (Canadian Dollar) $30,000 annually in funding requests;
  • applicants must have a demonstrable collaboration with credible partners within the host country; and
  • applicants must demonstrate how their project will build local capacity.

Additional eligibility criteria considered to be an asset include:

  • a financial partnership and/or support from an external partner; and
  • applications that demonstrate partnerships with one or more organizations in Canada (i.e., Faculty of Medicine, university, registered charitable organization, National Specialty Society, Specialty Committee, or government program).

Note that meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee an application’s approval for funding support. Not adhering to the criteria will result in the application being denied.