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:

  • Market frictions, management and organizations
  • Trade and macro models - agglomeration and spatial location of firms
  • High growth entrepreneurship
  • Social compliance and the environment

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 (if necessary) teaching buyouts for the principal investigator.


** 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 the low-income countries here, DFID bilateral programme countries here and additional information available on our FAQ page. Note also that, at this stage, we are unable to fund projects located in Myanmar or Palestine.


The deadline for the 7th round of MRG proposals is 15 June 2019, 11.59pm GMT. Please click here for more information.


Project Overview (For more information about PEDL and its themes)

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.

NEW Budget Guidelines - these guidelines are applicable for all applications made on or after the 15th of February 2019

Application Templates:

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