Small Research Grants

Second Call for Proposals for STEG Small Research Grants

Deadline: 13 September 2021, 23:59 GMT+1


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  • Small Research Grants

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STEG invites applications for the second round of STEG Small Research Grants.

STEG Small Research Grants (SRGs) of between £10,000 and £25,000 are designed to fund research assistance, data collection and/or purchase, and potentially teaching buyouts (if necessary).  Grants will 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 will have to adhere to the STEG Budget Guidelines.

Research funded by SRGs 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

We also currently have calls open for Larger Research Grants (LRGs) up to £100,000, and grants for PhD students between £10,000 and £20,000.

A STEG SRG is intended to be completed within a 12-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 SRG documentation about eligibility, country criteriapreparing an applicationhow to apply online and the SRG Frequently Asked Questions before applying. All of this and more can be found in the SRG Applicant Guide.


23:59 GMT+1, 13 September 2021. Applications received after this time will be considered for the next regular SRG round.


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