Call for Proposals: Seed Grants

The Project on Resources, Development, and Governance (PRDG) is soliciting applications for grants to support early-stage exploratory research. We seek to support research that:

  • is focused on governance politics, economics, or social welfare in low and middle-income countries that are economically dependent on oil, gas, and mining;
  • is methodologically rigorous and employs either experimental or quasi-experimental approaches;
  • has important policy implications. These may include curtailing corruption, reducing the incidence of violent conflict, improving government services and responsiveness, and improving socioeconomic conditions; and
  • includes partnerships with local researchers and organizations. These organizations can include non-governmental organizations, firms, and government agencies.

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Project development grants are meant to support exploratory and preparatory work; this may entail visiting potential research sites, collecting exploratory data, building relationships with potential partners, or doing pilot studies for larger randomized trials or surveys. The grants are for a maximum of $10,000 and can only be spent on travel costs, including the cost of airfare, ground transportation, and hotels and meals for the grant recipient(s), collaborators, and research partners. The award is intended for projects that have not yet received significant funding and must be spent within twelve months of receiving the grant.

To apply, please fill out the form. Proposals will be evaluated on two criteria: first, whether they are likely to result in a research project whose research design and thematic focus are in keeping with PRDG’s mission (60 percent); and second, the training and/or track record of the researcher or research team (40 percent). University faculty, graduate students, and development professionals are welcome to apply; teams of researchers are encouraged. Applicants from developing countries are particularly encouraged to apply.

Proposals will be reviewed beginning November 15, 2017, and awards will be made on a rolling basis. We will evaluate all proposals within two months of receiving them. Recipients will be required to submit a brief report on their activities, and the state of any resulting research projects, upon completion of the grant.