Gender and Economic Agency Request for Proposals

Overview

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.

Timeline

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 is currently accepting proposals for its Spring 2021 RFP. Short letters of interest are due by 11:59 PM ET on Friday, February 26 and full proposals are due by 11:59 PM ET on Friday, March 12. 

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

Regional Focus

GEA prioritizes funding in five priority countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, India, Tanzania, and Uganda, and with limited funding available for other countries in East Africa and South Asia. 

Application Instructions

J-PAL initiatives, including GEA, are transitioning to using an online portal for all proposal submissions, proposal reviews, invoice submissions, and grantee reporting. To apply to GEA's Spring 2021 RFP, you will first need to register via our online portal. Please navigate to the portal and follow the instructions to complete your registration. 

Letter of interest: All applications are required to submit a letter of interest (LOI) by Friday, February 26 at 11:59 PM ET. To submit an LOI, please sign into the portal after confirming your registration and click here to access GEA's LOI.

Full proposals: 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.

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