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.

Through an experimental intervention of providing business training and improved credit access to entrepreneurs, this project seeks to examine the dynamics of how managerial capital helps transform businesses from micro to small-sized enterprises and from small to medium-sized enterprises.
Researchers: Stephen Anderson-Macdonald, Rajesh Chandy, Bilal Zia
Grants Round: 1st Round
Country: South Africa
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
Does trade and FDI liberalization promote sustainable economic growth in developing countries? Does this come at the expense of the safety of local workers? This project assesses these significant economic questions. 
Researchers: Mari Tanaka
Grants Round: Special ERG - PhD
Country: Myanmar
This project evaluates the impact of employer-sponsored soft skills training on worker quality, productivity and retention.
Researchers: Anant Nyshadham, Achyuta Adhvaryu
Grants Round: 9th Round
Country: India
Cross-cutting themes: Gender