Exploratory Research Grants

PEDL will support approaches that promise to produce credible research results that will be useful for policy-making. It will promote research related to private enterprises of all sizes and will initially focus on four research themes:

  • Modelling market frictions in LICs using newly available data
  • Understanding how constraints interact using micro-founded macro models
  • The dynamics of SMEs: Informality and entrepreneurship
  • The role of export-oriented industries in driving growth

Proposals that address the following cross-cutting issues will be encouraged.

  • Fragile and conflict affected states
  • Gender
  • Climate, environment and social compliance

Exploratory Grants are research grants of between £10,000 and £35,000 that are designed to allow researchers to:

  • explore new approaches to the study of firms in low-income-countries (LICs); and
  • to develop new (or build on) existing sources of data on firms in LICs.

Grant set-up:

Exploratory Research Grant (ERG) projects will run for 12 months.

Please note that contracts will be signed 3 months after the application deadline, which is also the expected start date for the projects.

Contracts are generally signed with the researcher directly; we do not anticipate any institutional involvement.

For further information on ERGs, please consult the FAQs.

Criteria:

Please note that an important criteria for funding of proposals is the relevance to policy in Low-Income Countries and other eligible countries as defined by the PEDL Programme. See the list of LICs and here.

Please note that South Sudan is also an eligible LIC.

Deadlines:

Proposals will be evaluated every two months. The next deadline for Exploratory Grants is 31 July 2014, 17:00 BST. Applications received by this date will be reviewed in September 2014.

Note that the research projects selected for funding in this round are expected to start on 1 November 2014.

Resources:

How to apply for an Exploratory Grant

Budget Guidelines

Application Templates:

For PEDL Grant Holders: