Exploratory Research Grant Projects

Exploratory Research Grants are awarded to successful applicants every two months. Projects are chosen based on scientific merit, methodological rigour and policy relevance.

This project investigates the usage and allocation efficiency of land and energy within India by focusing on the manufacturing sector and developing data to quantify the issues relating to land allocation and energy supply.
Grants Round: 15th Round
Country: India
This project explores the extent to which women entrepreneurs in the informal economy in Nepal make the transition into the formal economy, focusing on the interaction of contextual factors (institutional, socio-spatial, and enterprise sector dynamics) and their personal characteristics.
Grants Round: 15th Round
Country: Nepal
This study conducts a two-stage randomized controlled trial involving a government-sponsored apprenticeship training program to examine the impacts of apprenticeship labour inputs on different firm outcomes. 
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Grants Round: 14th Round
Country: Ghana
The research team conducts an impact evaluation of the entreprenant status on formalization in Benin by conducting a randomized controlled trial offering different packages of incentives to informal businesses. 
Grants Round: 14th Round
Country: Benin
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
By creating a theoretical model along with a unique, novel data set, this project sheds light on the relationship between credit and investor partnerships and the resulting level of entrepreneurship.  
Grants Round: 14th Round
Country: India
This project aims to harmonize and make public two innovation surveys of Nigeria from 2007 and 2011 in order to fill a gap in existing African data, and to create a comprehensive picture and research tool for Nigerian industry. 
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Grants Round: 14th Round
Country: Nigeria
This experiment investigates the potential of virtual social networks and access to technology in promoting innovative entrepreneurship in Low-Income Countries. 
Grants Round: 13th Round
Country: Ghana
This project seeks to create a database of micro level firm data from Myanmar’s manufacturing sector to promote further research and policy insights. 
Grants Round: 13th Round
Country: Myanmar
This project analyses management practices in Pakistan to explore whether weak management hinders productivity and innovation, and thus explain the differences in firm-level performance between and within developing and developed countries.
Grants Round: 13th Round
Country: Pakistan
Cross-cutting themes: Fragile and conflict-affected states
The research team has designed a new electronic survey tool to reduce the high levels of measurement error in data on micro-enterprise sales and profits and tests this new approach in a randomized controlled trial among micro-entrepreneurs in Ghana.  
Grants Round: 12th Round
Country: Ghana
Cross-cutting themes: Gender

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