ESII Request for Proposals

We are currently not accepting any proposals for funding under the initiative. Please consult this page for future updates on funding.


Round 2 - Closed
Open RFP: Monday, 15 June 2020
Proposal Deadline: Friday, 30 October 2020
Funding Decisions: December 2019

Round 1 - Closed
Open RFP: Monday, 20 May 2019
Proposal Deadline: Friday, 27 September 2019
Funding Decisions: November 2019 


J-PAL affiliates, J-PAL post-docs, and ESII invited researchers may apply for ESII funding. The initiative does not accept proposals from research teams that do not have a J-PAL affiliate and/or invited researcher listed as a co-investigator. Potential proposals must submit requests for funding for either a full evaluation or a pilot study.

Doctoral student eligibility:

Graduate students may apply for full research projects or pilot studies up to €67,000 if they have a J-PAL affiliate or an ESII invited researcher on their thesis committee at their host university. Note that doctoral students may be awarded a maximum of two grants for pilot/full study funding during their time as graduate students.

How much funding is available?

Full studies: The initiative may award funding to proposals for full studies of up to €350,000. These grants are for research projects with a clear research question, committed implementing partner(s), randomisation design, well-defined instruments, and sample size estimates.

Pilot studies: Pilot studies are eligible for funding of up to €67,000. The criteria for pilot funding apply only to proposals requesting funds to conduct piloting (pre-randomisation) activities.
Please note that ESII does not accept off-cycle requests.

How can I apply?

All potential applicants should submit the following:

Pilot study or full evaluation:

  • ESII Application Form
  • Proposals Budget
  • Given the current Covid-19 context, we ask all applicants to fill in this survey on anticipated disruptions to their research activities. The survey is also available for consultation in the Application Documents section.

Please see Application Documents section to download instructions, forms, and templates. Please send your completed RFP package to [email protected]