Major Research Grants: 3rd Call for Proposals will open soon

The third call for Major Grants on Private Enterprise Development in Low-income countries will open soon. We expect that it will run from late November 2013 to early February 2014.

Reminder: PEDL supports approaches that promise to produce credible research results relevant for policy-making and promotes research related to private enterprises of all sizes. The research must be relevant for policies in low-income countries. Projects carried out partly or entirely in middle income countries will be considered if a convincing case is made that the results are applicable to LIC policy. The Initiative currently focuses on four research themes, and research proposals should fit with one or more of these themes:

• Modelling market frictions in LICs using newly available data

• Micro-foundations of aggregate private sector performance

• The dynamics of SMEs: Informality and entrepreneurship

• The role of export-oriented industries in driving growth

PEDL also encourages proposals that address relevant cross-cutting issues such as:

• Fragile and conflict affected states

• Gender

• Climate, environment and social compliance

Note: While we welcome applications on any issue related to private sector development, for the 2014 call, we are particularly interested in proposals in the following areas:

• Micro studies of markets, including the role of intermediaries and contractual enforcement

• Identifying high growth microenterprises

• Agglomeration and other issues related to cities and firms

Each of the last two rounds of MRGs (in 2012 and 2013 respectively) resulted in 5 awards, with the grants averaging around £300,000 in size. You can view the descriptions of the first round of awarded projects at