STEG Newsletter - May 2022

Dear All,

STEG is looking forward to another busy summer with more funding calls and events upcoming. Keep yourself on top of all things STEG with this newsletter.

The STEG Theme Workshops are taking place again this September! Calls for papers will open 6 June and close 7 July. Find workshop dates below.

The Fourth Ideas for Transformation Call is now open and will close 25 July. Join us at the Q&A session on 1 July to find out more about what we are looking for.

The STEG Working Paper Series has been launched to promote research related and affiliated to STEG. Find out if you are eligible to submit your paper below!

The GGDC/UNU-WIDER Economic Transformation Database is now available through the STEG website. Find out whether it could benefit your research!

The Third Larger Research Grants Call has been postponed and will open at the end of July to give researchers more time to compile their application.

Our Fourth Small Research Grants Call and Third PhD Research Grants Call closed 23 May. Proposals are currently under evaluation along the Second Larger Research Grants Call and Third Ideas for Transformation Call.

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


The STEG Team

STEG Theme Workshops 2022

After the success of the theme workshops last year, we are excited to announce that the six STEG themes will be holding online workshops again in September 2022.

These thematic workshops have a dual purpose within the broader STEG programme. First, they are a way of increasing the visibility of STEG within the research community and attracting, strengthening and widening the community of interested scholars. Second, they will play a role in helping to share knowledge of the current research frontier and in identifying open research questions. The workshops will be used to shape future calls for funding that are anticipated as part of the STEG programme.

This year, the workshops will take place:

The call for papers for all workshops will open 6 June and close 7 July. We welcome applications from all researchers, especially those funded under STEG grants, working on structural transformation, productivity, and economic growth in low- and middle-income countries, and Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia in particular.

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

Fourth Ideas for Transformation Call

STEG invites applications to the fourth call for proposals for Ideas for Transformation (I4Ts).

I4Ts are brief and largely non-technical essays (about 15 pages, double-spaced) 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. These might be specific and well-documented examples of a market failure or a policy problem – but ideally the cases should have broad relevance. For instance, an example of a local problem or issue will be more compelling if it can be taken as ‘typical’ of some broader set of cases. Successful applicants to the I4T call will receive funding of £1,000.

This round, we will be holding an open Q&A session on Friday, 1 July at 13:00 BST (GMT+1) with STEG’s Academic Leaders, Doug Gollin and Joe Kaboski. This provides prospective applicants the opportunity to find out more about the I4T initiative and to clarify what STEG is looking for from applicants. If you are interested in attending this open session, please let the STEG Team know at [email protected].

Find more information on the call and how to apply here.

Launch of the STEG Working Paper Series

We are delighted to announce the official launch of the STEG Working Paper Series. The series will feature leading research in the fields of structural transformation, productivity, and growth.

Working papers that have been produced through STEG-funded projects will be 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. If you would like to submit your paper to the STEG Working Paper Series, please contact the STEG Team at [email protected].

The series will be circulated widely through STEG’s network of researchers and policymakers in order that the results of the research receive thorough professional scrutiny and reach the hands of policymakers more quickly.

As part of this announcement, we are excited to publish the first three papers in the series:

We look forward to collating more high-quality research under the STEG Working Paper Series as the STEG programme, and the research field more widely, progresses.

Economic Transformation Database Available via the STEG Website

We are delighted to announce that the Economic Transformation Database (ETD) is now available via the STEG website.

Open and free to use, the ETD has been developed by STEG’s partner, the Groningen Growth and Development Centre (GGDC), and supported by UNU-WIDER. The database provides comprehensive, long-term, and internationally comparable sectoral data on employment and productivity, covering 12 sectors from over 50 economies in Africa, Asia, and Latin America between 1990 and 2018.

The ETD can be used to study a variety of questions. What is the industrialisation experience of developing economies in recent decades? What is the relation between growth, poverty reduction, and sectoral patterns of employment and production? Can countries achieve growth, provide good jobs, and reduce poverty without industrialisation?

Find more information and access the data on the GGDC website here.

Third Larger Research Grants Call

The Third Larger Research Grants Call has been postponed and will open at the end of July. This decision was made to offer propsective applicants more time to prepare their proposals over a busy time of the year. Further, with the Second Larger Research Grants Call currently under evaluation, we felt it was too soon to open an additional call of this magnitude.

We expect the Third Larger Research Grants Call to be the penultimate call for LRGs with the the final call opening in early 2023. Please plan your timelines for STEG funding with this in mind.

Important Dates

Calls under Evaluation

Second Larger Research Grants Call - decisions expected by early June

Third Ideas for Transformation Call - decisions expected by end of June

Fourth Small Reserch Grants Call - decisions expected by end of August

Third PhD Research Grants Call - decisions expected by end of August

Open Calls

Fourth Ideas for Transformation Call

Opening Soon

Fifth Small Research Grants Call - opens early July

Fourth PhD Research Grants Call - opens early July

Third Larger Research Grants Call - opens late July

Find a provisional call timeline for future calls here.

Upcoming Events

Theme Workshops - calls for papers opening 6 June; workhops taking place in September

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