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. Interested applicants with questions should email [email protected].

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 Summer 2021 RFP. Short letters of interest are due by 11:59 PM ET on Friday, July 9 and full proposals are due by 11:59 PM ET on Monday, August 2. 

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 the following priority countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya, India, Pakistan, Tanzania, and Uganda. GEA also has limited funding available for projects in other countries in East Africa and South Asia, as well as in Nigeria and the Central America and Southeast Asia regions.  

Eligibility

J-PAL affiliates, J-PAL postdocs, and GEA invited researchers are eligible to apply for any type of GEA funding. PhD students of affiliates and GEA invited researchers are eligible to apply for up to $50,000 in funding.

For the Summer 2021 RFP, GEA also welcomes proposals from India-based researchers through the Indian Scholars Programs, please see the full GEA RFP Overview and Instructions for details.

Application Instructions

In advance of applying, please submit a letter of interest no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 9, 2021. Proposal applications are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, August 2, 2021. All J-PAL initiatives, including GEA, use an online portal for all application submissions, proposal reviews, invoice submission, and grantee reporting.

If you do not already have a portal account, you will first need to register via our online portal. Please navigate to the portal and follow the instructions listed to complete your registration. To submit a letter of interest (LOI), please sign into the portal after confirming your registration, and click this link.

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.