Call for proposals

The IGC issues a regular call for proposals. We are planning to launch the next call in 2017.

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We recommend that potential applicants review the IGC’s Research Priorities in advance of the next call for proposals.

 The IGC strongly encourages proposals for research projects implemented in any of our 15 partner countries in Africa and South Asia, though proposals for projects in other low- and middle-income countries will also be considered. The IGC offers several benefits along with funding, such as:

  • Joining our global network of top researchers and policymakers
  • In-country teams who can facilitate engagement between researchers and policymakers, to generate ideas and build the policy impacts of research
  • Access to local and international datasets

Our process

The IGC funds its research through its two core funding streams, the Research Programme and the Country Programmes. This is a biannual call for proposals which encompasses both programmes. The Research Programme is primarily focused on the production of cutting-edge and policy-relevant academic research that goes towards informing effective policymaking in developing countries. The Country Programme is focused on tailoring top-quality research with the specific policy needs of the IGC’s partner countries.

Given the overlapping aims of the Research and Country Programmes, many proposals may be eligible for funding from either programme. Decisions on which programme will fund a particular proposal are made centrally at the IGC.

Submitted proposals are assessed against the following criteria:

  • Innovation: extent to which the proposed research contributes to knowledge creation by expanding and or strengthening the relevant literature on growth and development.
  • Policy relevance: reflects the importance of the policy target and both current and planned engagement with relevant policymakers.
  • Quality and composition of research team
  • Contribution to local capacity
  • Value for money: expected research and policy impact relative to costs.