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Special Exploratory Research Grant Calls

At the moment, we have one open Special ERG call:

  • Special Call for Proposals on Climate Change and Social Compliance.

Special Call for Proposals on Climate Change and Social Compliance.

 Applications are now open.

The Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries (PEDL) Initiative is glad to announce a special call through its Special Exploratory Research Grant program for projects addressing climate change and social compliance. These topics represent one of the four priority themes of the PEDL program: however, we have received relatively few proposals tackling questions related to this area. This call is meant to draw the attention of researchers to the importance of these topics.

Examples of topics relevant for this call are:

- The impact of environmental regulations on firm performances (e.g. https://pedl.cepr.org/content/environmental-regulations-and-firm-performances-chinese-manufacturing-sector-0  and https://pedl.cepr.org/content/transparent-environmental-regulation-and-industrial-performance-2)

- The impact of climate and pollution on worker productivity (https://pedl.cepr.org/content/impact-climate-and-pollution-worker-productivity-evidence-india-4  and https://pedl.cepr.org/content/impact-climate-and-pollution-worker-productivity-evidence-india-6).

While this call will focus on one specific PEDL Research Theme, the other typical criteria apply. As a result, we encourage proposals that address the following cross-cutting issues:

  • Fragile and Conflict Afflicted States
  • Gender
  • Unlocking Data for Understanding Markets and Firms

For this special call, we have established an upper limit of funding of £50,000, thus higher than the usual ceiling. These grants will cover expenditures related to research assistance, field work, travel and other expenditures directly related to the research.

Grant set-up:

Exploratory Research Grant (ERG) projects will run for 12 months.

Please note that contracts should be signed within one month of the outcome notification, which is also the expected start date for the projects.

ERGs are designed to be contracted directly with individual researchers. The individual researcher will be responsible for receiving, spending and reporting on funds. There is typically no institutional involvement unless required, for example, to support fieldwork. In exceptional circumstances and with significant justification, contracts can be drafted with the researcher's home institution, but terms for these contracts are non-negotiable and the cannot include any home institution overhead fees.

For further information on ERGs, please consult the FAQs.

Criteria:

Please note that an important criterion for funding of proposals is the relevance to policy in Low-Income Countries and other eligible countries as defined by the PEDL Programme. See the list of LICs and DFID focus countries here. Proposals for projects outside the focus countries should make a clear case for the relevance of the research to policy in lower-income countries, and also justify why the research is feasible only in non-target countries. Note that, at the moment, we are unable to fund projects located in Myanmar and Palestine.

Deadline:

The deadline for this Special Call on Climate Change and Social Compliance is 11.59pm GMT on September 15, 2019. Applications received after this time will be considered for the next Standard ERG round, if their budget is below £40,000.

Notes:

  • All applicants are required to use the templates listed below under "Resources"
  • Please note that at the beginning of your online submission, you will need to select "I am applying for a Special Exploratory Grant"

 

Special Call for Proposals from PhD Students.

 Applications are now closed.

PEDL invites applications from PhD students to the fourth special call of its Exploratory Research Grants (ERG) programme. A key goal of the ERG programme is to encourage research on issues related to private enterprise development in low-income countries by young scholars. To date, the ERG programme has funded more than 170 projects, many of which have involved research carried out by PhD students and LIC based researchers.

While students are eligible to apply to any ERG funding round, we are issuing a special call exclusively for PhD students in order to encourage broader participation in the programme. Our three previous Special Calls for PhD students have resulted in 25 projects being funded. Moreover, the student grantees have been invited to participate in two-day workshops, in the days immediately preceding the annual PEDL Conference, which they have been invited to attend. The workshops have given all the awardees a chance to present and receive feedback on their projects or proposals, as well as to network with PEDL grant holders and other researchers working on firms in LICs.

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a PhD programme to be eligible for this Special Call. The proposed research should form at least part of the student’s planned doctoral dissertation.

PEDL invites applications in any aspect of private sector development, with a particular emphasis on PEDL’s priority research areas:

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

We also particularly encourage proposals that address one or more of PEDL’s three cross-cutting themes:

  • Fragile and conflict affected states
  • Gender
  • Unlocking data for understanding markets and firms

The objective of PEDL is to fund cutting-edge, policy-oriented research that could be published in leading academic journals and be relevant to the policy dialogue in low-income countries. Applications will be assessed on the basis of these criteria.

The upper limit of funding for ERG proposals is £40,000. However, proposals will also be judged on the basis of ‘value for money’, so we encourage applicants to fully explain and justify all expenditures. Research stipends that are considered to be unreasonable may result in a lower proposal rating. Please refer to the ERG budget guidelines for further guidance on research stipends.

Notes:

  • As part of the application process, applicants will need to submit a letter of support from an academic advisor / supervisor
  • All applicants are required to use the templates listed below under "Resources"
  • Please note that at the beginning of your online submission, you will need to select "I am applying for a Special Exploratory Grant"
  • All members of the research team (Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator(s)) have to be currently enrolled in a PhD programme

Application deadline: 11:59pm GMT, 30 June 2019 (CLOSED).

 

 

Special Call for Proposals from scholars based in low-income countries

Applications are now closed.

The Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries (PEDL) research programme invites applications from researchers based in Low-Income Countries (LICs) to a special call of its Exploratory Grants Programme.

PEDL invites applications in any aspect of private sector development, with a particular emphasis on PEDL’s priority research areas:

1) Market frictions, management and organizations

2) Trade and macro models - agglomeration and spatial location of firms

3) High growth entrepreneurship

4) Social compliance and the environment

We also encourage proposals which address one or more of three cross-cutting themes – (1) gender; (2) fragile and conflict-affected states;  and (3) unlocking data for understanding markets and firms.

Recipients of grants under this call may be invited to workshops and conference events over the coming years. Through these events and links with established scholars, PEDL will provide feedback and support at all stages of the project.

The objective of PEDL is to fund cutting-edge, policy-oriented research that will be published in leading academic journals and enter the policy dialogue in low-income countries. Applications will be assessed on the basis of these criteria.

We expect to fund as many as 5-7 grants for amounts up to £40,000. We encourage applicants to propose a two-stage budget, requesting up to £10,000 for initial pilot work and then additional funds conditional on the pilot showing that the full project is promising.

Note: This a Special Call for proposals from scholars based in Low-Income Countries. For this Special Call, all Principal Investigators and senior collaborating researchers must be based in Low-Income Countries. Please see the list of LICs here.

Please note that South Sudan also counts as an eligible LIC.

Also note that young scholars are encouraged to include a letter for support from an advisor or senior colleague.

Application deadline: 11:59pm GMT, 30 April 2019 (CLOSED).

 

Resources:

How to apply for a Special Exploratory Grant

Application Template

Budget Template