STEG Newsletter - April 2023

Dear All,

April kicked off with an exciting update  STEG funding is back! We are excited to be accepting applications again and supporting more high-quality research after a short break. On top of this, we have published two pathfinding papers and three new working papers, don't forget to check them out! 

Under our new call timeline, the Sixth Small Research Grants Call and Fifth PhD Research Grants Call are now open once again. Find out when future calls, including LRGs are scheduled to open below.

We have published two new STEG-funded Pathfinding Papers written by Austin Davis, Eric Hsu, and Mitchell VanVuren, researchers at our partner, Y-RISE.

The STEG Working Paper Series has released three more papers this April! Find the papers below and on the STEG website.

Proposals from the Third & Fourth Ideas for Transformation Call are currently under evaluation with decisions expected by the end of May.

Lastly, don't forget to get all the dates for upcoming calls and events in your calendar!


The STEG Team

STEG Funding Is Back!

STEG is delighted to announce that, after a few months on pause, our funding calls are resuming as usual!

The Sixth Small Research Grants Call and Fifth PhD Research Grants Call have reopened recently. Apply by Monday 29 May for funding up to £25,000. All applications previously submitted will be evaluated and there is no need to reapply.

Our next and fourth Larger Research Grants call is currently scheduled to open in June and close in mid-September. Future SRG and PhD funding calls will likely open in early September and close in mid-November.

Our next and fifth Ideas for Transformation call will open at the end of May and close at the end of June.

You can stay up to date with all open and upcoming funding calls through the STEG website.

New STEG Pathfinding Papers!

This month we published two new STEG Pathfinding Papers written by researchers at our partner Y-RISE

PP11: Can Mass Electrification (Still) Cause Structural Change? from Eric Hsu and Mitchell VanVuren

The authors question whether mass electrification today can still induce changes in productivity, labour allocation, and incomes which are associated with structural change. They discuss current evidence and directions for future research, with focus on (1) the role of electricity reliability, (2) identifying key investments that are complementary to electrification, and (3) selection, migration, and agglomeration effects when electrification is spatially uneven.

PP12: Self Employment, Micro-Entrepreneurship, and Development from Austin Davis, Eric Hsu, and Mitchell VanVuren

Firms in low and middle income countries tend to disproportionately be small in size compared to firms in high income countries, driven by high rates of self-employment. The authors aim to explain this empirical fact. They begin by summarizing existing work investigating the role of capital constraints as a primary explanation. They then discuss theories beyond credit constraints, such as monitoring costs and demand structure, that could lead to small firm sizes. Finally, the authors suggest directions for future work that expands on the rich literature studying the effects of interventions that aim to reduce barriers to firm growth.

The STEG Pathfinding Paper Series focus on particular areas of interest within the STEG research programme by summarising key policy questions, synthesising the findings of relevant academic literature, identifying important evidence gaps/research questions, and elucidating the links to the various research themes and cross-cutting issues. 

New Papers under the STEG WP Series

Three new papers have been published under the STEG Working Paper Series in April! Check them out below:

In addition to these new articles, we have updated the following paper:

If you would like to submit your paper to the STEG Working Paper Series, please contact the STEG Team at [email protected].

Working papers that have been produced through STEG-funded projects are included in the series and we welcome papers from researchers directly affiliated with STEG as well as researchers' papers that have been presented at STEG-funded events including our Annual Conference and Theme Workshops.

Important Dates

Calls under Evaluation

  • Third & Fourth Ideas for Transformation Call - decisions expected by end of May

Open Calls

Future Call Timeline

  • Fifth Ideas for Transformation Call - opening late May- closing late June
  • Fourth Larger Research Grants Call - opening early June - closing mid-September
  • Seventh Small Research Grants Call - opening early September - closing mid-November
  • Sixth PhD Research Grants Call - opening early September - closing mid-November

Find the provisional call timeline for future calls here.

Upcoming Events

There are currently no upcoming STEG-funded events.

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

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