Small Research Grants

Fifth Call for Proposals for STEG Small Research Grants

Deadline: 5 September 2022, 23:59 BST


Funding category

  • Small Research Grants

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Application to this call is now open.

STEG invites applications to the fifth call for proposals for Small Research Grants (SRGs).

SRGs of between £10,000 and £25,000 can fund research assistance, data collection and/or purchase, and potentially research stipends/teaching buyouts (see SRG Budget Guidelines for eligibility requirements). Grants also support travel to field sites, even when secondary data is utilised. We view this kind of travel (with the possibilities for field visits and conversations with policy makers) as particularly important for researchers who lack prior experience in the countries that they intend to study. Please note that cost effectiveness and value for money are important evaluation criteria and submitted budgets must adhere to the STEG Budget Guidelines.

We aim to issue funding decisions within three months of call deadlines. An SRG is intended to be completed within 12 months. Please note that contracts should be signed within one month of the return of the final decision, which is also the expected project start date.

Research may focus on broad systemic patterns and processes of structural transformation and growth for low- and middle-income countries, in a comparative sense across time or space, or more narrowly defined topics related to one or more of the following six research themes:

  • Data, measurement, and conceptual framing;
  • Firms, frictions and spillovers, and industrial policy;
  • Labour, home production, and structural transformation at the level of households;
  • Agricultural productivity and sectoral gaps;
  • Trade and spatial frictions;
  • Political economy and public investment.

Other areas of interest may not fit cleanly into any of the themes but are centrally relevant to STEG and are also encouraged.

STEG is also focused around three cross-cutting issues that are simultaneously relevant to many areas of structural transformation, including the six research themes:

  • Gender;
  • Climate change and the environment;
  • Inequality and inclusion.

Research proposals speaking to these issues will receive particular consideration.

We also currently have a call open specifically for PhD students with grants up to £15,000.

We strongly recommend that prospective applicants read the SRG documentation about eligibility, country criteria, preparing an application, how to apply online and the SRG Frequently Asked Questions before applying.


23:59 BST, Monday, 5 September 2022. Applications received after this time will be considered for the next SRG round.

Applicants are asked to submit their proposals, using the templates available at the bottom of the SRG & PhD funding page, via the SRG Application Form on Hub.

If you have any questions, please contact the STEG Team at [email protected].

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