Governance Initiative

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J-PAL’s Governance Initiative (GI) funds randomized evaluations of interventions designed to improve participation in the political and policy process, reduce corruption and leakages, and strengthen state capacity.

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

Funding Cycles

GI is not currently accepting proposals -- stay tuned for our Fall 2024 RFP announcement. Decisions on the Spring 2024 RFP will be announced at the end of June. GI is not accepting off-cycle or policy outreach proposals at this time. See our Request for Proposals webpage for additional details.

Overview of standard RFP process: 

  • GI has two funding cycles per year for full research projects, pilot studies, multidisciplinary projects, and travel/proposal development grants that address open questions outlined in the Governance Initiative Review Paper. RFPs are typically released in July and February. 
  • J-PAL affiliates, J-PAL post-docs, and invited researchers are eligible to apply for funding for full-scale evaluations (for a maximum of $400,000; typically up to $250,000), pilot studies (up to $75,000), travel/proposal development grants (up to $10,000), and multidisciplinary research grants (up to $30,000). PhD students, with support from an adviser who is a J-PAL affiliate or invited researcher, are also eligible to apply for travel/proposal development grants, multidisciplinary research grants, and up to $50,000 for a pilot or full-scale study. 
  • Each proposal is reviewed by three referees: an academic reviewer, a policy expert, and a member of the GI Review Board. The Review Board makes final funding decisions.

Key Facts

Office:
J-PAL Global
Status:
  • Research RFP: Open
Eligibility:
For the Spring 2024 round, GI only accepted full, pilot, and travel/proposal development proposals from PhD-level graduate students of J-PAL affiliates or invited researchers (from any J-PAL initiative or regional office) and all proposals were required to relate to political participation.

Funders

For researchers

Request for Proposals

J-PAL’s Governance Initiative (GI) funds randomized evaluations of strategies to improve governance in low- and middle-income countries. GI has two funding cycles per year calling for proposals from J-PAL affiliates, J-PAL postdocs, and J-PAL invited researchers (from any J-PAL initiative or regional office) for full research projects, pilot studies, travel/proposal development grants, multidisciplinary grants, and policy outreach support grants. 

GI is not currently accepting proposals. We look forward to offering another RFP in Fall 2024. Exact timing, eligibility, and thematic scope will be updated on our website and announced via email once confirmed.

Decisions on the Spring 2024 RFP, which was open from April 18-May 29, will be announced at the end of June. In the Spring 2024 RFP, GI only accepted proposals from PhD-level graduate students of J-PAL affiliates or invited researchers (from any J-PAL initiative or regional office) and proposals were required to relate to political participation.

 

For researchers

Conference Travel Grants

In an effort to foster global collaboration between researchers working on governance topics, GI launched a conference travel grants program to support the participation of researchers based in low and middle-income countries to attend leading economics international conferences. GI is not currently accepting applications for its Conference Travel Grant program. Please check back for the next application cycle.

Initiative Staff

Aimee Barnes, Senior Policy Associate

Gabrielle Fiore, Senior Manager of Finance and Operations

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