Jobs and Opportunity Initiative Brazil RFP


J-PAL’s Jobs and Opportunity Initiative (JOI) Brazil will provide competitive funding to generate policy-relevant rigorous randomized impact evaluation research that addresses pressing labor market challenges in the country.


Candidates belonging to the following groups are eligible to apply for funding:

  • J-PAL affiliates
  • J-PAL invited researchers 
  • J-PAL post-doctoral fellows
  • PhD students who have the support of a J-PAL affiliated researcher or invited researcher that are part of their thesis committee*

*PhD students have application restrictions that are not applicable to the other three target groups. See the JOI Brazil RFP Overview at the bottom of this page for more details on the set of restrictions.

Priority Themes 

The Jobs and Opportunity Initiative Brazil will focus on evaluating the impact of programs related to:

  • Supply and matching
  • Job creation
  • The future of jobs
  • Social issues and labor market

In addition, we focus on topics of cross-cutting interest, namely: gender, race, youth, green jobs, regional inequalities, soft skills, and job quality. JOI Brazil is interested in stimulating impact evaluations outside the Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo areas and focusing on vulnerable populations. See the JOI Brazil RFP Overview at the bottom of this page for more details on the set of priority research questions.

Types of Proposals

Candidates may apply for funding in three distinct categories:

Full research projects: These grants are for research projects at a mature level of development. The research question must be clear and the applicants must demonstrate a commitment from implementing partners, a method of randomization, well-defined instruments, and sample size estimates.

Pilot studies: These grants are for studies with a clear research question, but for which the design and implementation requires further testing and pilot data.

Development grants: These grants cover work related to preliminary research ideas, such as conducting background research, developing partnerships, visiting field sites, and collecting preliminary data.


JOI Brazil opens two calls for proposals per year. However, projects can also be submitted throughout the year as off-cycle proposals. The funding limit for off-cycle proposals is BRL 200,000, and proposals must clearly justify the off-cycle urgency and need for funding. 

Full research projects 500,000
Pilot studies 200,000
Development grant 50,000
Full research or pilot (PhD students) 135,000
Off-cycle proposal 200,000


The submission of proposals for the regular cycle of the second semester of 2022 of JOI Brazil is now closed. The timeline was as follows:

July 28, 2022 – RFP was issued
August 25, 2022 at 7 PM (UTC-3) – Letter of interest (LOI) submission deadline
October 6, 2022 at 7 PM (UTC-3) - Proposal submission deadline
Week of December 12, 2022 – Awards announced

Future rounds are expected to occur twice a year. The next RFP will take place in the first semester of 2023.

Application Instructions

Many J-PAL initiatives, including JOI Brazil, use an online portal for all application submissions, proposal reviews, invoice submission, and grantee reporting. 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.

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. 

Once you have your J-PAL portal account setted-up:

  • The first step is filling the letter of interest (LOI) on our online portal whenever the next cycle opens in the first semester of 2023. The JOI Brazil team will notify you via the portal once we have reviewed your LOI and you are clear to begin including your proposal. 
  • In the interim, to facilitate your proposal development, please find below reference documents that outline in detail all required information that applicants will be asked when submitting a proposal to JOI Brazil via our online portal system. You are welcome to begin drafting your proposal materials using these templates. Please, however, do not send these documents to JOI Brazil's email, but rather, please submit them via our online portal.
  • Please note that proposals for this call should discuss any Covid-related risks to the feasibility of the project and share how the team will prepare for and mitigate these risks.
  • We emphasize that the materials to be submitted in the portal must be in English.
  • Please be sure to submit your budget in BRL. The JOI Brazil initiative is funded by donations in Brazilian Real (BRL) and the initiative will make all awards in BRL. 
  • We also make available JOI Brazil’s email address ([email protected]) to clarify any doubts, in English or Portuguese, that you may have.

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

Request for Proposals Overview

JOI Brazil 2022 Second Semester RFP Overview

Letter of Interest (LOI) Preview

JOI Brazil 2022 Second Semester LOI Preview


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