STEG Newsletter - February 2022

Dear All,

Funding calls closing soon and funding calls under evaluation, STEG will be building on its broad portfolio of projects as we approach spring. Check out all the opportunties and don't forgot to submit your application for research funding!

Our Second Larger Research Grants Call is closing soon! Apply before 7 March for grants up to £100,000 to fund your research on structural transformation, productivity, and economic growth.

Our Third Ideas for Tranformation Call is open and accepting applications. Apply before 21 March to research local and understudied problems related to structural transformation.

Our Third Small Research Grants Call, Second PhD Research Grants Call, and Second Ideas for Transformation Call are currently under evaluation with final decisions on all proposals expected to be returned by mid-March.

Lastly, make sure to get all the dates for upcoming calls and events in your calendar!


The STEG Team

Second Larger Research Grants Call

STEG is inviting applications to the Second Larger Research Grants Call. Apply before 7 March!

LRGs up to the value of £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.

Research may focus on broad systemic patterns and processes of structural transformation and growth for low-income countries, in a comparative sense across time or space, or more narrowly defined topics related to one or more of our six research themes. STEG is also focused around three cross-cutting issues that are simultaneously relevant to many areas of structural transformation, including the six research themes. Research proposals speaking to these issues will receive particular consideration.

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.

More information can be found on our call page here.

Deadline: 23:59 GMT, 7 March 2022. Applications received after this time will be considered for the next regular LRG round.

Third Ideas for Transformation Call

STEG is inviting applications to the Third Ideas for Transformation Call. Apply before 21 March!

I4Ts are brief and largely non-technical essays utilising country-specific expertise to identify a specific policy distortion, market failure, or other similar opportunity to promote inclusive growth and development in a particular country or context. The idea would be to identify potential case studies that warrant further research. Successful applicants to the I4T call will receive funding of £1,000.

We are interested in I4T studies that address each of the following:

  • Use of simple methods to demonstrate the existence, relevance, and importance of a policy issue involving structural transformation.
  • Suggest interesting candidate issues for high-level economic analysis or modelling using the tools of macro development.
  • Propose policies that have a measure of specificity, although sizable enough to have importance to structural transformation.

Case studies may relate to one or more of our research themes, however, we also welcome and encourage proposals that focus on other areas of structural transformation and economic growth in low-income countries. Policies that positively address our cross-cutting issues are of particular interest.

Examples of our I4T projects to date can be found under on the STEG website here. More information can be found on our call page here.

Deadline: 23:59 GMT, 21 March 2022. Applications received after this time will be considered for the next I4T round.

Applicants are asked to submit their proposals, using the template available at the bottom of the I4T funding page, to the STEG team at [email protected]. Applicants should use the following reference in the email subject: 'I4T Application_full name'.

Important Dates

Calls under Evaluation

Second Ideas for Transformation Call - decisions expected by mid-March

Third Small Research Grants Call - decisions expected by early March

Second PhD Research Grants Call - decisions expected by early March

Open Calls

Second Larger Research Grants Call - closes 7 March

Third Ideas for Transformation Call - closes 21 March

Opening Soon

Fourth Small Research Grants Call - opens early April

Third PhD Research Grants Call - opens early April

Find a provisional call timeline for future calls here.

Upcoming Events

Virtual Course on "African History through the Lens of Economics" - 1 Feb to 13 April

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