Applying for an exploratory grant does not preclude one from applying for a major grant. Indeed, one of the ideas of the exploratory grants is to generate projects that might be fundable in the large grant program.
In this round for major grants, we will expect to award 6 grants at approximately £300,000 each.
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.
In accordance with DFID policy, grant funds cannot be used to support core activities of the IFIs. This means that IFI staff may not buy out time, and IFIs will not be able to charge overheads in the major grant programme.
We will define LICs using the most recent version World Bank’s Country Classification. As of January 2012, there are 35 low-income countries:
Afghanistan, Gambia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Guinea, Nepal, Benin, Guinea-Bissau, Niger, Burkina Faso, Haiti, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Cambodia, Dem Rep. Korea, Somalia, Central African Republic, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, 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:
Ghana, India, Nigeria, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Pakistan, South Africa, Sudan, 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.
Can a researcher be a Principal Investigator on more than one Major Grant in a single round?
Yes, if it is an integral part of the project. One of the aims of PEDL is to increase the pool of researchers working on issues related to private sector development in LICs. One way to do that is to draw more good PhD students into the area, and support for dissertation work in an MRG would fit into that goal.
There is not "usual" term, but grants can extend through 2016, or for up to 36 months in the current call.