Crime and Violence Initiative

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The Crime and Violence Initiative (CVI) fosters 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 funds 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, 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 typically has two regular funding cycles per year for travel/proposal development grants, pilot studies, and full randomized evaluations that address the initiative's guiding principles and funding priorities. RFPs are usually released in June and December, and funding decisions are announced in November and May, respectively. Each proposal is reviewed by the CVI Review Board.

CVI also offers funding outside of the regular RFP cycles. These grants are intended for research projects that face a substantial time constraint and need to receive funding before the end of a regular funding round to make use of an unanticipated opportunity (e.g., a newly announced policy change that will go into effect soon, creating an opportunity for a randomized evaluation). Proposals must clearly justify the need to receive a decision on an expedited schedule. The maximum amount awarded to off-cycle proposals is $50,000.

Key Facts

J-PAL Global
  • Research RFP: Open
Open to J-PAL affiliates, J-PAL postdocs, invited researchers, and PhD students who have a J-PAL affiliate or invited researcher on their thesis committee.


For Researchers

Request for Proposals

J-PAL's Crime and Violence Initiative Fall 2021 request for proposals (RFP) is now open. CVI will consider four types of proposals in this round: full research proposals, pilot proposals, travel/proposal development grant applications, and evidence use and policy outreach support grant applications (also accepted on a rolling basis). Proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, December 6, 2021. Funding decisions will be announced in January 2021.

Initiative Staff

Isabela Salgado, Senior Policy Associate

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