Major Research Grants

The Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries (PEDL) programme pursues a research agenda that aims to better understand what determines the strength of market forces driving efficiency in Low-Income Countries (LICs). Existing research suggests that the private sector in LICs faces a multitude of constraints that act upon each other. What is needed is research that allows us to understand how these constraints interact.

PEDL will support approaches that promise to produce credible research results that will be relevant for policy-making. It will promote research related to private enterprises of all sizes. PEDL will initially focus on four research themes, and research proposals should focus on one or more of these themes:

  • Modelling market frictions in LICs using newly available data
  • Micro-foundations of aggregate private sector performance
  • The dynamics of SMEs: Informality and entrepreneurship
  • The role of export-oriented industries in driving growth

Major Research Grants have an average grant size of £300,000.  Note however that whilst there is a lower limit of £100,000 for each Major Grant, there is no upper limit.  Cost effectiveness and value for money will also be important evaluation criteria.

These grants will fund research assistance, data collection and new surveys in low-income countries, and teaching buyouts for the principal investigator.

The deadline for the 3rd round of MRG proposals was 3 March 2014.  Decisions on these proposals will be announced by the end of August 2014. 

** Please note that an important criteria for funding of proposals is the relevance to policy in Low-Income Countries and other elegible countries as defined by the PEDL Programme. See the list of LICs here and additional information available our FAQ page.

For more information on the submission requirement and procedure, please see the How to Apply for a Major Grant.

For details on how to access the Major Grant application form and successfully submit an application, please refer to the Major Grant step-by-step guide.