ESII Request for Proposals

J-PAL’s European Social Inclusion Initiative (ESII) funds randomized evaluations of programs and policies aimed at improving social inclusion across Europe. J-PAL affiliates, postdoctoral fellows, and other invited researchers are eligible to apply for pilot and add-on funding. For this RFP round, ESII will allocate a limited amount of funding to support research on education programs in Europe that focus on (1) parental engagement or (2) tutoring interventions. Education interventions falling outside this thematic focus will be considered but priority will be given to these two areas.

Please note that ESII does not accept proposals for full RCTs as part of its third RFP round.


Round 3: Closed
Open RFP: Wednesday, 1 June 2022
Proposal Deadline: Friday, 14 October 2022
Funding Decisions: End 2022

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

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

Target populations

ESII prioritises developing research on two main target population groups:

  1. Migrants and refugees; and
  2. Children, youth, and their families.


J-PAL affiliates, J-PAL postdocs, and ESII invited researchers are eligible to apply for pilot studies or add-on funding of up to €50,000.
PhD students, with support from an advisor who is a J-PAL affiliate or ESII invited researcher, are also eligible to apply.

Doctoral student eligibility:

Graduate students may apply for full research projects or pilot studies up to €50,000 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?

Pilot studies or add-on funding: Pilot studies are eligible for funding of up to €50,000. The criteria for pilot funding apply only to proposals requesting funds to conduct piloting (pre-randomisation) activities.

How can I apply?

A complete application for pilot or add-on funding consists of (i) an application form, which includes a cover sheet and narrative, (ii) an itemized budget, and (iii) letters of support.

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