Gender and Economic Agency Request for Proposals


J-PAL’s Gender and Economic Agency (GEA) Initiative funds randomized evaluations of strategies to enhance women’s economic agency. Competitive research funding will be available for full research projects, pilot studies, and travel/proposal development grants, as well as funding to test and validate metrics of women’s agency. Interested applicants with questions should email [email protected].


GEA hosts two regular funding cycles per year calling for proposals from J-PAL affiliates and GEA invited researchers for full research projects, pilot studies, and travel/proposal development grants, as well as funding to test and validate metrics of women’s agency. GEA also offers funding outside of the regular RFPs.

GEA has concluded the Winter 2022 RFP. Applicants with relevant proposals in Southeast Asia are invited to submit off-cycle proposals on a rolling basis until October 2022. Applicants must submit a short letter of interest by October 15, 2022, and are encouraged to submit the letter as soon as possible given limited available funds (see instructions below). 

Priority Themes

GEA focuses on developing research on three priority themes: 

  1. Workplace arrangements and labor policies to promote formal and informal employment for women
  2. Enhancing women’s labor potential and work readiness (including self-employment)
  3. Addressing restrictive gender norms and attitudes related to women’s work

Please refer to our framing paper below for more information about GEA priority topics. 

Regional Focus

June 2022: GEA has funding available for projects up to $150,000 in Southeast Asia, and will only be able to consider off-cycle proposal from that region at this time. 


J-PAL affiliates, J-PAL postdocs, and GEA invited researchers are eligible to apply for any type of GEA funding in the off-cycle call for proposals. 

Application Instructions

All J-PAL initiatives, including GEA, use an online portal for all application submissions, proposal reviews, invoice submission, and grantee reporting. In order to submit an off-cycle proposal, please submit a letter of interest on our online portal before or by October 15, 2022.

Please note the following before beginning your application:

  • Our portal operates best when using the latest version of Google Chrome. We recommend using this browser when accessing our online portal.

  • If you already have an account but do not remember the password, please contact [email protected] for help retrieving or resetting your password.

  • If you do not have a J-PAL portal account and need one created, please complete this form and specify that you want an applicant account. Account creation normally takes no more than two business days; you will be asked to verify your email address and set a password. For further information and troubleshooting, please get in touch with [email protected] Your J-PAL portal account credentials will allow you to apply to or review for any J-PAL initiative. Please verify your eligibility by thoroughly reading the initiative's RFP overview. Ineligible applicants will be notified during LOI reviews and will not be invited to submit proposals.

To apply to GEA's 2022 off-cycle funding, you will first need to login via our online portal. Please navigate to the portal and follow the instructions to complete your login. Once you are logged into the portal, please click here to access the letter of interest form.

The GEA team will notify you via the portal once we have reviewed your LOI and you are clear to begin your proposal. In the interim, to facilitate your proposal development, we have hosted reference application documents below that outline in detail all required information that applicants will be asked when submitting a full proposal to GEA via our online portal system. You are welcome to begin drafting your proposal materials using these templates. Please, however, do not complete or submit these reference documents to GEA for consideration.

General tips for proposal development

For general advice on developing a successful proposal, please visit our Research Resource page on grant proposals