IGC special call on coronavirus

N.B. This call is currently paused. We hope to re-open this call shortly – please check back regularly and we will update this page.

The IGC invites researchers to submit proposals for projects that would contribute to informing policy decisions in developing countries in response to the economic crisis from the coronavirus pandemic. We are particularly interested in proposals that would start to provide useful inputs to policymakers in a very short timeframe.

The research priorities for this call are:

  • Measuring the economic impact on people and firms.
    • Generate data and tools that enable policymakers to understand the evolving economic impact of the crisis and the most vulnerable geographies, sectors, institutions and individuals (including differential effects on women and the elderly).
  • Informing the immediate policy responses
    • Help inform the choice of containment measures in light of the trade-offs between limiting the spread of the virus and maintaining economic activity and employment.
    • Analyse how the pandemic is likely to affect firms, value chains and workers; whether policy responses are effective; how these economic actors might respond and potential policy adjustments.
  • Understanding the medium to long term implications
    • Identify opportunities for governments to build capabilities that will continue to be useful after the crisis, including post-COVID-19 structural changes.

We expect proposals will run across all our four themes: Firms, trade and productivity; State effectiveness; Cities; Energy and environment.


Research design

This call is open to a wide range of research methodologies and data sources (administrative data, publicly available data, private sector data including remote sensing data, online or phone surveys…) that would generate evidence on how to respond to the economic crisis.  Research activities should not require face to face interactions and should otherwise comply with current IRB protocols for protecting both research participants and staff.

Country focus

Projects conducted in IGC partner countries and flexible engagement countries will be prioritised. Projects in other developing countries are also welcome, but should aim to produce recommendations relevant to IGC partner countries.

Researchers are strongly encouraged to discuss their proposals with IGC country teams before submitting.

Our partner countries are Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, Myanmar, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone & Liberia, Uganda, and Zambia. Additionally, we have flexible engagements in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Jordan, Kenya, Somaliland, South Sudan, and Tanzania.

More information and contact details for each team can be found here


This call will accept proposals on a rolling basis, there is no deadline for submitting proposals, but we encourage researchers to apply as soon as possible. We will also prioritise proposals that are able to produce an output in a relatively short time frame.


There is no upper limit to the budget that can be submitted. However, applying for a budget lower than £20,000 is strongly encouraged and will guarantee a much quicker turnaround from the IGC. Please review the budget guidelines provided before filling out your form, as it contains information on specific restrictions for this call.

How to apply

To apply, please fill in the two forms below and submit them by email to covid.call@theigc.org.

Proposal form

Budget form

  • Applications will only be accepted if completed and submitted in the proposal form and budget template provided on the IGC website.
  • The proposal form contains word limits for each section which you are expected to comply with.
  • Tables, charts, graphs, CVs or letters of engagement should be attached to your application as a separate PDF document. Attachments can only be used to provide supplementary information that cannot be displayed in the proposal form and should not be used to exceed the word limit for a particular section.

Guidelines on how to fill the budget form can be found here.