Only individuals can apply for a PEDL Exploratory Grant. PEDL Exploratory Grants will be issued through a contract between CEPR and the successful applicant directly. No instiution can be signatory of PEDL contracts nor can institutions receive PEDL funds or take overheads.
Applications for a PEDL Exploratory Grant should be submitted through the website here.
Yes you may apply as a team, but we do ask that only one researcher submits the proposal as the representative of the team. That individual will be the named individual on the contract and will have responsibility for the project implementation should it be successful.
CEPR will announce their selection 3-4 months after the proposal deadline.
Proposals can be submitted at any time. This may change in subsequent years as the Initiative progresses.
Only those who have been explicitly invited to do so may resubmit a previously unsuccessful proposal.
The purpose of the “by invitation” policy is to allow for the amendment and/or improvement of those proposals which the Evaluation Committee considers to have the potential to be funded.
CEPR cannot guarantee that a resubmitted proposal will be successful.
Proposals must be resubmitted through the PEDL online submission system, and must be accompanied by a letter stating and describing the revisions that have been applied.
Applications must be identified as resubmissions by ticking the appropriate “resubmission” box.
No person can be the Principle Investigator in two different proposals within the same PEDL Exploratory Grant proposal round. However, it is permitted for a person to be Principle Investigator for one proposal while only being a team member for another.
The programme is open to mixed / multi-disciplinary approaches. But the core of the approach should be related to the literature in economics and grounded primarily in economic issues.
Items of equipment costing £500 and under are allowable provided that explicit justification is given for each item.
Yes, with sufficient justification. However, consideration will be given to the extent of the delay, which may have a bearing on the decision.
Exploratory Grant funding will be provided directly to the principal investigator. If this is not possible, reasons must be provided and the funds may alternatively be channelled through the university or affiliated institution. In such cases, however, it must be borne in mind that the Exploratory Grants budget cannot include any institutional overheads.
The primary criteria are that the project will lead to a rigorous, high-quality academic paper. But we also expect the policy-relevant results to be written up separately as a policy brief.
There are no particular affiliation requirements for individuals applying for PEDL Exploratory Research Grants. Please note, however, that these grants are intended to fund research rather than supporting programs.
We will define LICs using the most recent version World Bank’s Country Classification. As of October 2016, there are 31 low-income countries:
Afghanistan, Gambia, Guinea, Nepal, Benin, Guinea-Bissau, Niger, Burkina Faso, Haiti, Rwanda, Burundi, Sierra Leone, Dem Rep. Korea, Somalia, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Senegal, Chad, Liberia, Tanzania, Comoros, Madagascar, Togo, Dem Rep. Congo, Malawi, Uganda, Eritrea, Mali, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, and Mozambique.
Yes, middle-income countries (MICs) in which DFID has an active program are also given some preference. However, even in these countries, a case must be made that the research is relevant for policy in LICs. This case must include concrete steps in the Policy Impact Plan to reach policymakers in LICs. The middle-income countries in which DFID currently has a programme are:
Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan), Myanmar, Nigeria, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Pakistan, South Africa, Sudan, Tajikistan, Yemen and Zambia.
Yes, but a strong case must be made that the research is relevant for policy in LICs. This case must include concrete steps in the Policy Impact Plan to reach policymakers in LICs. In the case of MICs where DFID is not active, or higher-income countries, the case for relevance to LIC policy must be very strong.
No, but the research needs to be relevant to private enterprise development in low-income countries. If your project relates to another country, then you will need to justify why what we will learn is relevant for low income countries.
There is no unanimous agreement on classification of countries by these criteria. But additional guidance can be found on the following sites:
It is possible, but you will need to very carefully justify why the project is relevant to policy in low-income countries.
Yes, but proposals will be judged on a 'value for money' criteria, so be sure that any such payments are justified as necessary.
Please read How do I apply for an Exploratory Grant.
Please refer to the Budget Guidelines.