Major Research Grant Projects

At least five Major Research Grant projects are awarded each year, funding outstanding scientific work based in low-income countries.

This project addresses three key constraints that are particularly relevant to small firms in capital-intensive industries: knowledge constraints, market failures and lack of economies of scale.
Researchers: Arman Rezaee, Sarojini Hirshleifer, Benjamin Kachero, Andy Brownback, Denis Okumu
Grants Round: 5th MRG Round
Country: Uganda
This project will study one potential explanation behind female owned enterprises showing lower returns than their male counterparts: lack of access to childcare services.
Researchers: Kjetil Bjorvatn, Selim Gulesci, Lore Vandewalle, Vincent Somville, Wameq A Raza
Grants Round: 5th MRG Round
Country: Uganda
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This project aims to run a pilot study in Bangladesh measuring differences in frictions that firms encounter in hiring and retaining workers of various skills.
Researchers: Loukas Karabarbounis, Munseob Lee, Claudia Macaluso
Grants Round: 5th MRG Round
Country: Bangladesh
This project aims to understand the impacts of a light touch management training on small firms in Kenya.
Researchers: Tavneet Suri, John Van Reenen, Suleiman Asman, Jonathan Cook
Grants Round: 5th MRG Round
Country: Kenya
This project aims to provide some evidence on management in Ethiopia.
Researchers: Simon Quinn, Girum Abebe, Michael Koelle
Grants Round: 5th MRG Round
Country: Ethiopia
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This project will analyse the impact of an innovative, targeted and collateralized credit programme that seeks to make motorcycle taxi drivers the owners of their vehicles.
Researchers: Konrad Burchardi, Jonathan de Quidt, Benedetta Lerva
Grants Round: 4th MRG Round
Country: Uganda
This project seeks to understand how alleviating financial and technological constraints in the input market can impact firm growth and innovation, through private schools in Pakistan.
Researchers: Asim Ijaz Khwaja , Jishnu Das, Tahir Andrabi
Grants Round: 4th MRG Round
Country: Pakistan
This project seeks to provide experimental evidence on the relationship between electricity supply and small business creation and growth.
Researchers: Robin Burgess, Michael Greenstone, Nick Ryan, Anant Sudarshan
Grants Round: 4th MRG Round
Country: India
This project aims to quantify the competitiveness of rural agricultural markets, and to test whether the entry of new intermediaries into markets can enhance competition and increase consumer welfare.
Researchers: Lauren Falcao, Marshall Burke
Grants Round: 4th MRG Round
Country: Kenya

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