You will need to prepare the following material for your application for a Small Research Grant. We suggest you prepare this material before beginning the online application and read our online application guide and SRG Frequently Asked Questions. However, you will be able to save a partially completed application and return to it at a later date.
- A project title
- A project abstract
- One or more keywords
- CVs for the principal investigator and the co-investigators (if any)
- A project proposal of three to five pages (References and Appendix not included), single spaced, in PDF format. The proposal template is below. Scoring criteria are described below. This is the main description of the project, and should include a discussion of each of the following elements:
- The research question and approach, including links to existing literature;
- The policy relevance of the research to low-income countries, including specific (named) sub-Saharan countries;
- Links to the cross-cutting issues, if applicable;
- Cited literature;
- A list of expected outputs (papers, policy briefs, data sets, etc.), and a timeline for making these outputs available to other researchers;
- Budget narrative;
- A detailed workplan for the project, showing expected activities, with their length and sequencing; this workplan should illustrate the feasibility of completing the project within the allotted time.
- A project budget. The budget template is below. You will need to download this template, complete it and upload it where requested in the application process.
- A Policy Impact Plan, describing any activities that might be undertaken as part of the project that would facilitate the take-up of the project’s research findings into policy in specific countries.
Before submitting your proposal, you will need to you have read CEPR's Code of Conduct for Researchers and CEPR's Conflict of Interest Policy and Fraud, Bribery and Corruption Policy. All grantees will be required to adhere to these policies.
Proposals (including all supporting documents) must be submitted in English. Where any required supporting document cannot be obtained in English, a translation verified and approved by an official authority must be submitted.
All financial information contained in the proposed budget must be expressed in pounds sterling (GBP). Awards will be specified, and grant payments will be made in pounds sterling (GBP).
For all PhD students, we will require a letter of support from your PhD supervisor. Please ensure that we receive this letter from your supervisor no later than 2 weeks after the deadline. A PDF of the letter will need to be sent to the STEG processing team.
For the advisor: Please discuss the feasibility of the research proposal, the intellectual support which the student will receive from advisors and others, an assessment of the student’s ability to carry out the research and of the student’s longer-term potential as a researcher.
Researchers whose proposals rely on face-to-face surveys or interactions should clearly discuss the implications for the project of potential delays, and the alternatives to face-to-face fieldwork, in the event that the fieldwork is delayed by COVID-19. This can be included in the methodology section of the proposal template. Any fieldwork will need to be cleared by university and, where possible, in-country IRBs. Decisions on fieldwork should follow the advice of governments. Finally, any proposal that includes face-to-face interaction should also briefly make clear how the researchers intend to ensure the safety of researchers and any participants involved in the study.
Application Templates and Useful Documents
SRG Evaluation and Selection
Proposals for submitted SRGs will be first checked for completeness by the Programme Implementation & Uptake Team and the STEG Research Officer. The STEG Research Officer will perform a first assessment of proposal quality and will pass all proposals and comments to the Chair of the Academic Steering Committee and Head of Commissioning (CASC) who will create a shortlist, based on the following scoring criteria:
- Academic innovation
- Methodological rigour
- Fit with and importance to the research strategy
- Policy relevance for low-income and Sub-Saharan countries
- Cost effectiveness
The CASC will then pass on the shortlisted proposals to external evaluators for referee reports. The CASC will then appoint a Grants Selection Panel (GSP), which will evaluate the shortlisted proposals. The CASC will serve as chair of the GSP. We aim to communicate funding decisions within three months of the deadline for receipt of proposals.