Eligibility criteria

Any researcher is allowed to apply for both the full research grant and the small grant. However, please see below some guiding principles.

The IGC gives equal opportunity to researchers from all over the world, and proposals are assessed on quality and the evaluation criteria outlined on this website.

  1. For the small grants, researchers must conduct their research in an IGC resident country (Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Jordan, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Zambia) or two flexible engagement countries (Tanzania and Yemen) and get in touch with the IGC country team as they work on their proposals. Awards are capped at GBP 30,000. Research that is purely exploratory will be capped at GBP 20,000. 
  2. For full research grants, the IGC rarely funds projects over GBP 125,000, and our average project value is 60,000.
  3.  The IGC will not fund projects that are a) purely qualitative, b) not grounded in sound economic research principles, or c) relevant only to middle- or high-income countries.
  4. Projects in IGC countries are more likely to be approved.
  5. Applications that are in line with IGC research priorities, empirically rigorous, advance our knowledge about inclusive growth policy, and have strong value for money are favoured.
  6. A single researcher can be included in more than one proposal during the same call for proposals. A single institution is also allowed to submit multiple proposals. If multiple proposals are submitted, the researcher and/or institutions involved should have the capacity to conduct the research according to the proposed timescales.