IGC Central Call for Proposals

The International Growth Centre (IGC) invites researchers to submit proposals for high-calibre research projects relevant to growth policies in developing countries. The deadline for submission is 11:59pm, 31 May 2014, GMT time.

This is a comprehensive IGC call for proposals which encompasses its two central programmes: the Research and Country Programmes.

The Research Programme is primarily focused on the production of cutting-edge and policy-relevant academic research (global public goods) that go towards informing effective policymaking in developing countries. The IGC has recently produced a set of evidence papers within these four themes of strategic focus that compiles current evidence in these areas. Potential applicants are strongly advised to go through these papers, for addressing the gaps in knowledge on growth policies identified in these papers.

The Country Programme is focused on tailoring top-quality research with the specific policy needs of the IGC’s partner countries. While funding decisions will be made centrally, projects can be sponsored under the umbrella of either the Country or the Research Programme, or potentially jointly. The IGC runs this call on a biannual basis.


The application form should be filled and submitted by email only to

Please title emails with the following subject line: “Research theme (one of the four from the Application Form)/Country Office, Project Title”.

Applications received late will not be considered. Hard copies of proposals will not be accepted.

Funding decisions will be taken by a Commissioning Board by the end of June 2014. Researchers will be notified of the Boards’ decisions soon after this date, and we expect contracts to be finalized shortly thereafter. Please note that further opportunities to respond to calls for proposals will follow in 2014.


Please find below a set of guidelines - ‘IGC Notes for Applicants’ – which provides further application directions for researchers.

The standard Terms and Conditions, which will form a part of conditions for a successful research award, are also attached (as ‘IGC Terms & Conditions’). Among other issues, this document covers how the IGC will treat requests for Principal Investigator remuneration, and also our procedures and requirements regarding institutional overheads.

Please note that two of the following documents provide further information on the IGC’s specific research and country areas of focus:

  • ‘IGC Research Priorities’ provides further details of the priority areas within four themes (State Effectiveness, Firms Capabilities, Cities, and Energy)
  • ‘IGC Countries Priorities’ highlights areas of policymaker demand and research opportunities in IGC’s partner countries (currently Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, India - Central and Bihar,  Liberia, Myanmar, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia)


The IGC will assess the submitted proposals against the following criteria, which are further discussed in the ‘IGC Notes for Applicants’:

(i) The extent to which the proposed research is innovative and contributes to substantive creation of knowledge, specifically helping to expand and strengthen the existing relevant literature on growth and development.

(ii) Whether and how the proposed research can be used to inform better and more evidence-based policymaking in developing countries.

(iii) The makeup of the research teams and contribution to local capacity.

(iv) Value for money.

This call for proposals encompasses both IGC Research and Country Programmes. While these two do overlap substantially in their remits, their focuses do differ to some extent. While there is some preference for proposals that respond to policy demands in the IGC’s partner countries, the IGC will continue to support frontier research proposals which have policy implications for growth in all developing countries. While funding decisions will be made centrally, projects can be sponsored under the umbrella of either the Country or the Research Programme, or potentially jointly.


We look forward to receiving your proposals and to working with successful applicants in the future. Given the number of proposals expected, we are unlikely to be able to respond to individual enquiries regarding the submission process and commissioning processes. However, we will be updating the FAQ on our website regularly, to ensure all commonly raised queries are addressed.