Government Partnership Initiative (GPI)
J-PAL’s Government Partnership Initiative (GPI) launched in 2015 to build and strengthen partnerships between governments and J-PAL affiliates and J-PAL regional offices to increase the use of evidence in policymaking.
The initiative supports partnerships with governments to design and evaluate policies and programs, scale up policies already evaluated and found to be effective, and institutionalize the use of evidence in policy more broadly. By funding a wide range of research, capacity building, and policy outreach activities, GPI aims to make it easier for researchers and governments to work together to increase the use of evidence in policymaking.
GPI solicits applications for three types of grants with government partners: 1) policy-relevant research (both pilot and full RCT), 2) technical assistance to scale up specific policies already evaluated and found to be effective, and 3) technical assistance to help institutionalize the use of evidence in policymaking more broadly. Read more about the GPI funding process and how to apply below.
The GPI co-chairs are Abhijit Banerjee (MIT) and Iqbal Dhaliwal (J-PAL). The GPI Advisory Board is composed of the two co-chairs along with Martina Björkman Nyqvist (Stockholm School of Economics), Aprajit Mahajan (UC Berkeley), Claudia Martínez (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), Michael Rosholm (Aarhus University), and Dean Yang (University of Michigan). The Initiative Manager is Claire Walsh and the Initiative Staff is Samantha Carter.
GPI is funded through a generous grant from Community Jameel.
Request for Proposals
GPI is calling for proposals from J-PAL affiliated professors and J-PAL regional offices to fund three types of projects with government partners: 1) policy-relevant research projects (pilot and full RCT), 2) technical assistance to scale up policies already evaluated and found to be effective, and 3) technical assistance to institutionalize the use of evidence in policymaking more broadly. Applications for GPI's sixth RFP round are due Friday, June 30, 2017 at 5PM ET to [email protected].
- GPI RFP Overview
- GPI Application Form and Instructions
- GPI Budget Template
- J-PAL Regional Office Letter of Support Template: required for all proposals. Please email the Executive Director from the relevant J-PAL regional office at least 3 weeks in advance of the RFP deadline to request the letter of support.
- Affiliate Letter of Support: recommended for Type 2 and 3 proposals, not required for Type 1 proposals
Other application resources:
All J-PAL affiliated professors and J-PAL offices are eligible to apply. J-PAL offices do not need to have an affiliated professor as a collaborator to submit a Type 2 or 3 proposal; however, we strongly recommend that J-PAL offices try to identify at least one J-PAL affiliate who could serve as an adviser on the project. If a J-PAL affiliate agrees to be involved, please have them complete this short Affiliate Letter of Support form and submit it along with the rest of your application. IPA country offices wishing to submit Type 2 or 3 proposals must submit their proposals through J-PAL regional offices. Type 1 proposals must have a J-PAL affiliated professor as a PI. All proposals may include collaborators outside of this network. If you have questions regarding your eligibility to participate, the most typically asked questions are answered in the FAQ. If you still have further questions, please send an email to [email protected].
GPI RFP Calendar:
RFP Round 5 (Q4 2016)
Applications Due: December 30, 2016
Results Announced: By February 15, 2017
RFP Round 6 (Q2 2017)
Applications Due: June 30, 2017
Results Announced: By August 15, 2017
GPI accepts off-cycle proposals only in very rare cases when there is an urgent government deadline that cannot be delayed until the next round. We strongly recommend that applicants wait until the next RFP rather than submitting an off-cycle application. For more on off-cycle proposals, see the GPI RFP Overview.
GPI Funded Projects
View a list of projects funded by GPI.