Jobs and Opportunity Initiative RFP

JOI is accepting off-cycle proposals related to COVID-19, read more below.


J-PAL’s Jobs and Opportunity Initiative (JOI) funds randomized evaluations of strategies to address pressing labor markets challenges. JOI is now calling for proposals from J-PAL affiliates, J-PAL postdocs, and JOI invited researchers for full research projects, pilot studies, travel/proposal development grants, and policy outreach support grants.


The proposal deadline for JOI’s Spring 2020 RFP has passed, and the RFP is now closed.

JOI has two regular funding cycles per year for full research projects, pilot studies, and travel/proposal development grants that address open questions outlined in the JOI RFP Overview document available below.

Priority Themes

This initiative will provide competitive funding to generate policy-relevant rigorous research that addresses pressing labor market challenges. The Jobs and Opportunity Initiative will focus on evaluating the impact of programs related to:

  • Supply and matching

  • Job creation
  • The future of jobs

See the RFP Overview for more details on the set of priority research questions.

Regional Focus

Projects in sub-Saharan Africa will be strongly prioritized, with a special interest in projects in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. Projects in other countries in Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and especially in the Middle East and North Africa will also be considered.

COVID-19 Off-Cycle Funding

Given the significant labor market implications of COVID-19, JOI is accepting off-cycle proposals to test innovative solutions to offset the disruption of the pandemic on people's jobs and livelihoods on an ongoing basis. JOI will consider funding up to $50,000 for research projects across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East only. This call is open to J-PAL affiliates and all J-PAL invited researchers. Applications are open on a rolling basis and will be reviewed every four weeks. Please note that we encourage any projects that do not face serious time constraints to apply to our regular RFP rounds, which occur twice a year. On a case by case basis, we may be able to review proposals more quickly, reach out for more information, and/or to direct proposals to be reviewed in our next regular RFP round. Please see sample COVID-19 related priority questions below and submit proposals through a common application here.

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