Special Exploratory Research Grant Calls

At the moment, we have two open Special ERG calls:

  • Special Call for Proposals from PhD Students;
  • Special Call for Proposals from Researchers based in LICs.

For more details, please see below.

 

Special Call for Proposals from PhD Students

Applications are now open.

PEDL invites applications from PhD students to the third 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 £35,000. 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.

Note:

  • 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 (OPEN).

Resources:

How to apply for a Special Exploratory Grant

Application Template (NEW)

Budget Template

 

 

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

Applications are now open.

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 (OPEN).

Resources:

How to apply for a Special Exploratory Grant

Application Template

Budget Template