Call for Proposals

New LRG Call

Third LRG Call

DEADLINE: 3 October 2022 - NOW OPEN

STEG invites applications to the third call for proposals for Larger Research Grants (LRGs). This will be the penultimate LRG call under the STEG programme. The fourth and final call for LRGs will be opening in April 2023.

LRGs of up to £100,000 can fund research assistance, data collection and/or purchase, and teaching buyouts, or relevant remuneration practices, for the principal investigator and co-investigators from partner institutions. 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.

For this funding call, the £100,000 cap will be relaxed for projects with extraordinary data collection costs in low-income countries. In order to study questions around structural transformation, productivity, and economic growth in low-income countries, there is a clear need for access to improved data and we recognise the substantial costs related to these projects. As with all projects focused on data collection, we expect the data to be made publicly available by the end of the grant. While no fixed limit has been placed above the £100,000 cap, the additional budget must be within reason and clearly justified.

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 our research themes. 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, and inequality and inclusion. Research proposals speaking to these issues will receive particular consideration.

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

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