Education Research and Scale for Covid-19 Recovery Request for Proposals

J-PAL’s Post-Primary Education (PPE) Initiative, in collaboration with J-PAL’s Innovation in Government Initiative, has launched a one-time, Education Research and Scale for Covid-19 Recovery request for proposals (RFP) to fund randomized evaluations and scale-ups of strategies to improve access, quality, equity, and relevance of pre-primary, primary, and post-primary education in response to the Covid-19 pandemic across low- and middle-income countries. The round is generously supported by the Douglas B. Marshall, Jr. Family Foundation and Echidna Giving.

Please note that while the research portion of the RFP is hosted by the PPE Initiative, we encourage proposals across all grade levels from pre-primary to tertiary education. This is part of a broader shift we are aiming to make into an expanded Education Initiative in 2021.


The Education Research and Scale for Covid-19 Recovery RFP welcomes a full range of proposals that are particularly relevant to a Covid-affected world. This includes but is not limited to research projects on topics such as girls’ enrollment, remote and distance learning, remedial education, and cross-cutting themes in gender, equity, and public/private schools. We welcome proposals that evaluate policies and programs at all grade levels including pre-primary, primary, post-primary, and tertiary education.

Based on evidence gaps and policy needs, we particularly welcome strong proposals in the following areas:

  • Innovations in education technology designed to make remote learning more equitable and accessible during school closures;

  • Policies to reduce the gender gaps in school participation and learning both during and after the Covid crisis; and

  • The use of remedial education to support disadvantaged students, such as girls and disabled children, upon re-entry into schools.

J-PAL affiliates, postdoctoral fellows, and invited researchers are eligible to apply for full, pilot, and proposal development funding. PhD students who have a J-PAL affiliate on their thesis committee at their host university are eligible to apply for up to $50,000 in pilot or proposal development funding. All research applications will be considered by the PPE Initiative.

To learn about scale-up projects, please visit the IGI webpage or contact Gaëlle Conille, IGI Manager, at [email protected].

Proposal Timeline

Application materials should be submitted online by Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 11:59pm ET.