CaTCH Request for Proposals

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Overview

CaTCH seeks to improve child health by generating policy-relevant rigorous evidence on the design and delivery of cash transfer and pay-for-performance programs in India.With the generous support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the CaTCH initiative has held five rounds of competitive requests for proposals during the initiative lifetime. Please find the necessary information and documents for proposal applications below. 

Off-cycle funding round for research related to COVID-19: CaTCH is accepting off-cycle proposal submissions for research directly related to COVID-19 that can produce quick insights for policymakers to inform their response to the pandemic. This may include add-on funding for existing projects to incorporate a treatment arm related to responses to covid-19, or add-on modules related to the impact of covid-19, particularly for maternal and child health services and outcomes. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis till April 30th, 11:59 PM PT. Funding is capped at $67,500. This call is open to J-PAL affiliates, all invited researchers for J-PAL initiatives, and graduate students advised by J-PAL affiliates. Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis every 2 weeks.  Please direct any questions to [email protected].

Please note that due to COVID-19 related slowdowns at universities it may take 30 days for J-PAL to deploy funding for your project. Given that we are prioritizing projects that can deliver quick results to governments, if you have readily available staff or funds that you can deploy right away, J-PAL can then reimburse the funds used for this project in these cases.

Eligibility

J-PAL affiliates, J-PAL postdocs, and invited researchers are eligible to apply for full evaluation, pilot, and travel grant funding to CaTCH. PhD students who have a J-PAL affiliate on their thesis committee may be eligible to apply for travel/proposal development grants, pilot study grants, or up to $67,500 for full RCT grants. 

All proposals submitted to CaTCH should clearly demonstrate the following:

  • A study design that evaluates cash transfers or a pay-for-performance scheme (or an improvement/innovation to an existing CT or P4P program) and their impact on child health with a theory of change;
  • Government commitment at either the national or state level in India to support and implement the proposed program. Note: If you currently do not have a letter of support/MoU with a government partner you can submit your proposal documents without one. The letter of support need not focus on Covid-19 specifically, but could be a general letter indicating interest in a collaboration with the research team;
  • A clear source of funding for all implementation activities; initiative funding may only be used for evaluation purposes;
  • Researcher commitment to data transparency and publication protocols.

FAQ

What types of funding are available under CaTCH?

CaTCH accepts three types of proposals in each round:

  • Travel Grants (capped at $5,000)
  • Pilots/Scoping Studies (capped at $67,500)
  • Full Evaluations (no specific cap)

Who can apply to CaTCH?

J-PAL affiliates, J-PAL postdocs, and CaTCH invited researchers are eligible to apply for full evaluation, pilot, and travel grant funding. PhD students who have a J-PAL affiliate on their thesis committee may be eligible to apply for travel/proposal development grants, pilot study grants, or up to $67,500 for full RCT grants.

What documents do I need to submit for my application to CaTCH?

All potential applicants should submit each of the following:

  • Pilot Study or Full Evaluation:
  • CaTCH Proposal Cover Sheet 
  • Proposal Narrative 
  • Proposal Budget
  • Government Letter of Support (no template). Note: If you currently do not have a letter of support/MoU with a government partner you can submit your proposal documents without one. The letter of support need not focus on Covid-19 specifically, but could be a general letter indicating interest in a collaboration with the research team. 

 

Travel Grant:

  • CaTCH Travel Grant Cover Sheet 
  • 1-page description of purpose of travel
  • Travel Grant Budget
     

How do I submit my documents?

You will have to e-mail all your final proposal documents to [email protected] by the proposal submission deadline. Please note that you must submit a draft version of your proposal to J-PAL SA’s Admin & Finance team at least 2 weeks prior to the proposal submission deadline. This is so that J-PAL SA can support you with developing the budget for your project. During this period the research team at J-PAL SA will be looped in to support you in developing budget assumptions.
 

Does CaTCH accept off-cycle proposals and when can I apply next?

CaTCH is currently not accepting off-cycle proposals. The next RFP deadline is tentatively scheduled for July 3rd, 2020. In case you wish to apply in July, please read the detailed instructions and proposal guidelines available here to see if your research idea fits with CaTCH. 

Does the initiative provide any support to develop projects with Governments for CaTCH?

Yes. J-PAL SA has a dedicated policy team within which CaTCH is housed. Two staff members, Urvashi Wattal and Sai Siddharth Janapareddy, can work with you to help identify potential government collaborations and support you in pitching your proposals to state government departments.