Larger Research Grants

First Call for Proposals for STEG Larger Research Grants

Deadline: 15 September 2021, 23:59 GMT+1


Funding category

  • Larger Research Grants

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STEG invites applications for the first round of STEG Larger Research Grants.

Larger Research Grants (LRGs) are awarded up to the value of £100,000. Relevance to the Research Strategy, potential policy impact, cost effectiveness and value for money will be important evaluation criteria. LRG awards will fund teaching buyouts, or relevant remuneration practices, for the Principal Investigator (PI), Lead Scientists from partner institutions, research assistants, travel costs, data collection and new surveys in low-income countries.  

In principle, LRGs cover the same substantive areas, questions, and methodologies as SRGs. However, they are meant for projects, which have greater financial needs due to, for example, greater time requirements, data or research assistance costs. Commensurate with these greater budgets, they are expected to produce either multiple outputs or more fundamental contributions.  

Research funded by LRGs may focus on: 

  1. Broad systemic patterns and processes of structural transformation and growth for low- and middle-income countries, in a comparative sense across time or space.
  2. More narrowly defined topics related to one or more of the following related 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.
  3. We note that these are not exclusive lists of themes and topics. Other issues of strong relevance to structural transformation and growth will also be welcome; for example, the effects of demographic change, the role of skills and human capital, the growing relevance of the digital economy, public finance and its relation to long-term growth, and the importance of infrastructure investments and management.

We also encourage all proposals additionally to consider addressing one or more of the cross-cutting issues that are central to STEG’s research objectives. Research speaking to these issues will receive particular consideration:

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

A STEG LRG is intended to be completed within a 24-month period. Please note that contracts should be signed within one month of the outcome notification, which is also the expected start date for the projects.

We strongly recommend that prospective applicants read the LRG documentation about eligibility, country criteriapreparing an applicationhow to apply online and the LRG Frequently Asked Questions before applying. All of this and more can be found in the LRG Applicant Guide.


23:59 GMT+1, 15 September 2021. Applications received after this time will be considered for the next regular LRG round.


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