How to apply

If you are interested in applying for funding from the IGC, please follow these steps:  

  1. Review the IGC research priorities page to see if your proposed topic fits with the IGC research agenda. These include the ‘IGC Research Strategy’, which lays out the core research questions and priorities within our four themes. For a review of the literature on those themes and associated gaps, we also include ‘Evidence Papers’ for each of our four themes: state, firms, energy, and cities. Proposals will be graded on their degree of alignment with IGC research priorities. We also strongly encourage you to review the country research priorities for the country you wish to conduct research in. 
  2. Read the guidelines for applicants to help you complete your application. This guide contains useful information covering budgets and remuneration, project deliverables, and grant management. You can get additional information on how to prepare your research proposal by watching our research information sessions.
  3. Get in touch with the relevant IGC country team and share your research idea with them. It would be useful if you wrote them 1-2 paragraphs outlining your research question and the impact you think your project can achieve. They will review it and provide feedback.
  4. Fill in the online IGC proposal form. Applications without budgetary information will not be considered for funding. Make sure you save your work as you progress on your application. Please note applications submitted using the old IGC proposal form and budget template will not be accepted.
  5. Submit the completed online proposal form by 23:59 GMT on 14 November 2021. Late applications will not be considered. 
  6. After submitting your online application form, you will receive a short questionnaire from us that allows us to get to know you a little bit better. Please ensure you fill this out as well. It will not take more than 2 minutes of your time.

Important links:

IGC Evidence paper – Firms, trade, and productivity

IGC Evidence paper – State effectiveness

IGC Evidence paper – Cities

IGC Evidence paper – Energy and environment

IGC Research strategy

IGC Country research priorities

Guidelines for applicants

Online proposal form

Guidelines for applicants

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