How to apply

The IGC issues a regular call for proposals. We currently do not have an open call for proposals.

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The IGC accepts applications through its call for proposals. The IGC is currently not accepting applications for research funding. If you are interested in applying for funding at the IGC, we strongly recommend that you consider the following steps:

  1. Review the IGC research priorities to see if your proposed topic fits with the IGC research agenda. These describe the core research questions and priorities within our four themes: state, firms, energy, and cities, and highlight the policy relevant research gaps in each of the IGC partner countries.
  2. Read the guidelines for applicants to help you complete your application. This guide contains useful information covering all aspects relating to budgets and remuneration, the project deliverables, and grant management.
  3. Fill in the IGC proposal form and the budget template. Applications without budgetary information will not be considered for funding. Ensure that you use the latest version of the forms provided. Hard copies will not be accepted.
  4. Save the IGC proposal form as a Word document & the budget template as an Excel document. Submissions in other formats will not be considered.
  5. Send the completed IGC proposal form and detailed budget breakdown to by the next deadline (TBA). Late applications will not be considered.


IGC proposal form

Budget template

Project proposal – research assistant form

Guidelines for applicants

Please read our ‘Guidelines for applicants’ if you are considering applying for IGC research funding.


Can we submit a proposal for countries or theme outside of IGC priorities?

Proposals that align with a specific IGC country’s areas of focus but are not directly tied into an IGC research theme will not be discounted. Likewise, proposals that involve one of IGC’s four research themes (state, firms, energy, and cities) but are not directly tied into a country’s area of focus will also be considered for funding.

Do we need prior engagement with the respective IGC country team and stakeholders?

Prior engagement is not a requirement, but the proposal is more likely to be successful if it responds to policy demands in the country selected. The IGC strongly recommends researchers submitting country-focused research to discuss their proposals with the relevant IGC partner country team.  Proposals supported by the IGC partner country team have a higher probability of success. Country teams can also facilitate dialogue between researchers and policymakers. Researchers should contact the country teams for more information. Contact information for country teams can be found on our country webpages.

We are applying for other sources of funding, or have already received other funds. Is it still possible to apply?

Yes. The IGC encourages applicants to indicate budget priorities in their proposals. In the event that the IGC is unable to fund the entire project; it will then be easier to identify which modules are essential. Applicants who have secured or aim to secure other funding are also welcome to apply for only partial funding for their project from the IGC. In this scenario, applicants should make clear what proportion of overall funding for the project is being requested from IGC, and which proposed milestones will trigger IGC payments.

In which currency is the award made?

The award is made in Great British Pound sterling (GBP).

Are there any budgetary limitations on proposals?

No, there is no maximum or minimum budget for the proposals to be considered.