Call for proposals

The early-career researchers call for proposals is now closed. Successful applicants will be announced in February 2022.

What we work on

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 our four themes (outlined below), all of which play a crucial role in building resilience and promoting sustainable growth.

  • Firms, trade, and productivity – Increasing productivity through structural changes in firms’ capabilities, the functioning of markets, and how firms interact with world markets.
  • State effectiveness – Escaping fragility and improving the capabilities and effectiveness of states to deliver higher rates of sustainable growth. 
  • Cities – Making cities more productive, sustainable, and inclusive while addressing the downsides of density. 
  • Energy and environment – Improving access to reliable energy and developing strategies to mitigate and adapt to global and local externalities from energy consumption.

For more information read our research priorities.

Where we work

We have resident teams in 10 partner countries throughout Africa and South Asia, and flexible engagements in a few others. Country offices allow the IGC to sustain long-term policy engagement and help ensure our work is demand-led.

Our partner countries are Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone & Liberia (one resident team covering both countries), and Uganda. Additionally, we engage in Tanzania, Sudan, and Zambia on a more flexible basis.

Read more information on research priorities for each of our partner countries here.

Researchers are strongly encouraged to conduct their research in IGC partner or flexible engagement countries, and to reach out to IGC country offices or staff covering flexible engagement countries (e-mail igc.research@lse.ac.uk) during the design and implementation phases of their research projects.  Conducting research in countries where we have a country office comes with advantages such as access to local research partners, datasets, and established, well-connected country teams. IGC staff can provide feedback on proposals, as well as facilitate meetings with policymakers and key stakeholders. 

We also accept exceptional proposals for research in any other developing country that have the capability to influence global debates on sustainable growth, demonstrate a potential to significantly push the frontier of knowledge on a particular issue, and provide clear policy recommendations that are also relevant for IGC countries. These proposals will receive a higher level of scrutiny, and we expect them to be subject to a much higher level of competition. 

For more information on our model, please visit our about section.

Evaluation of proposals

Proposals are evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Alignment with research strategy
  2. Quality of research design
  3. Policy impact
  4. Academic impact
  5. Engagement with local institutions, including IGC country teams
  6. Value for money