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 studies the effect of productivity growth in agriculture through the adoption of a new technology, genetically modified soybean seeds, on industrial development in Brazil.
Researchers: Paula Bustos
Grants Round: 1st Round
Country: Brazil
The research team considers the ability of mobile salary payments in Afghanistan to mitigate constraints on workers and businesses such as weak security, reliability, and efficiency by examining the deployment of a service that allows Afghan firms to pay salaries directly to employees' mobile phones.
Researchers: Michael Callen, Joshua Blumenstock, Tarek Ghani
Grants Round: 1st Round
Country: Afghanistan
Cross-cutting themes: Fragile and conflict-affected states
This project aims to improve the understanding of reasons underlying the success of footwear-exporting private enterprises from China by building a dynamic structural model of firm demand and innovative data collective involving pilot studies.
Researchers: Duncan Thomas, Yi (Daniel) Xu, Zheng (Michael) Song
Grants Round: 1st Round
Country: China
This project seeks to understand the recent impact on Ethiopia's leather value chain of investment and growing interest from predominantly Asian/Chinese firms in order to inform policies to foster productivity-enhancing linkages between foreign and local firms. 
Researchers: Deborah Brautigam, Margaret McMillan, Xiaobo Zhang
Grants Round: 1st Round
Country: Ethiopia
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