Crime and Violence Initiative

Crime and Violence Initiative

The Crime and Violence Initiative (CVI) will foster experimental research on crime and social and political violence. Crime and violence can hinder economic development and urban growth, and exacerbate governance challenges by fostering corruption and draining public sector resources. Given the wide reach of these adverse effects, the initiative will fund evaluations that focus on preventing, mitigating, and responding to the effects of crime and violence.

By providing targeted funding for rigorous evaluations of the most promising programs, the CVI aims to offer guidance for implementing organizations, governments, and donors, so that policies can be guided by scientific evidence to improve development outcomes.

CVI has two regular funding cycles per year for exploratory work, pilot studies, and full randomized evaluations that address the initiative's guiding principles and funding priorities (see “CVI RFP overview” below). RFPs are released in June and December, and funding decisions are announced in November and May, respectively. Each proposal is reviewed by the CVI Review Board. For this current round, proposals are due by September 15.

J-PAL affiliates, J-PAL postdocs, and invited researchers are eligible to apply for any type of CVI funding. PhD students who have a J-PAL affiliate or invited researcher on their thesis committee at their host university may be eligible to apply for exploratory grants or up to $50,000 in pilot study or full RCT funding.

Requests for Proposals: Application Documents

CVI RFP overview – Fall 2017

Exploratory work

Exploratory work proposal application instructionsExploratory work proposal cover sheet and narrative formExploratory work proposal budget template

Pilot studies and full RCTs

Pilot study and full RCT proposal application instructionsPilot study and full RCT proposal cover sheet and narrative formPilot study and full RCT proposal budget template


Christopher Blattman (University of Chicago) and Oeindrila Dube (University of Chicago)


The UK Department for International Development (DFID) has co-funded J-PAL's Governance Initiative since 2011. DFID has approved a further £12m of UK Aid to increase its support for the Governance Initiative; and also to fund new research, particularly experiments, in crime and violence (J-PAL's Crime and Violence Initiative), and conflict (IPA's Peace and Recovery Program). DFID and J-PAL/MIT are in the final stages of negotiating an agreement for this.


Questions or comments? Please e-mail CVI Initiative Manager Justin Loiseau at [email protected]