Supporting Bangladesh deliver an effective, inclusive, and environmentally sustainable recovery from COVID-19

The Bangladesh Transformative Economic Policy Programme (TEPP) call for proposals is now open

This call for proposals is now closed. Successful applicants will be announced in early 2022.

FCDO and the IGC are pleased to announce a new call for proposals focused on Bangladesh under the ‘Transformative Economic Policy Programme (TEPP)’. Researchers are invited to submit proposals for research with the aim to support the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) to deliver an effective, inclusive, and environmentally sustainable response and recovery from the COVID-19 economic crisis.

The deadline for submissions is 23:59 GMT on 28th November 2021. For details on how to apply please visit the how to apply page. For more information please visit the TEPP guidelines for applicants.

TEPP research priorities

The IGC’s research focuses on sustainable growth policies in developing countries. Sustainable growth refers to countries developing their potential in an inclusive way that improves social, environmental, and economic well-being for all, including for future generations.

As countries turn their focus from the COVID-19 response to COVID-19 recovery, IGC is working with our partners in government, and more broadly, to put sustainable and inclusive growth at the core of ‘building back better’. It is increasingly clear that creating jobs, raising incomes and reducing poverty must go hand in hand with efforts to increase resilience to climate shocks and to accelerate the decarbonisation of energy supply and production to ensure that growth is truly sustainable. Adaptation to climate change is crucial to building resilience and lowering risk, whilst mitigation through low-carbon growth pathways is essential to ensuring the well-being of future generations.

We are particularly interested in projects that address these issues through one of the four themes (outlined below), all of which play a crucial role in building resilience and promoting sustainable growth.

Green growth and recovery: Support the current policy and reforms agenda of the government to promote sustainability across economic recovery, bring impactful and sustainable changes, and to maximise ambition on climate action.

Inclusive and resilient job creation: Support job creation for the poor, particularly women, as this is crucial for making the economic recovery inclusive and for sustained poverty reduction over the medium term; also focus on creating jobs that are green and resilient to climate change.

Domestic resource mobilisation (DRM): Focus on issues where there are gaps in existing support from development partners and on revenue policy.

Strengthening COVID-19 economic schemes: Strengthen the government’s economic package to support businesses and jobs and to help the extreme poor meet their basic needs.

For a more detailed research agenda for each theme, please see the TEPP research strategy.

Please note that we are only accepting proposals for research in Bangladesh for this call.

If you have any questions about TEPP research funding, please contact If you want to reach out to the Bangladesh country team please contact