Research Management Support (RMS)

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Through Research Management Support (RMS), a program offered by J-PAL North America, experienced research management staff are available to help researchers navigate implementing randomized evaluations, including study design, piloting, and early implementation.

Introduction

Launching a new randomized evaluation requires significant time, resources, and expertise. J-PAL North America staff can help address these challenges by providing temporary research management support. The duration of RMS is typically six months, with the possibility of extending timing depending on project needs. Researchers are invited to apply for RMS through applications for funding, and may inquire about the possibility of RMS outside of the RFP cycle. 

Eligibility

J-PAL North America invites PIs applying for funding through J-PAL NA RFPs to concurrently apply for RMS. We also welcome applications from projects that have received funding in a prior round but are interested in receiving research support. All J-PAL researchers are eligible to apply for RMS, with priority given to projects led by PIs with relatively limited prior RCT experience and those who have limited staff resources. 

Project Guidelines

RMS will include part-time, remote support from research managers and research associates with prior experience managing randomized evaluations. While engagement durations will vary depending on the study's needs, we expect that RMS may take the equivalent of 20-50% of one staff member's time over a period of up to six months, with a possibility of extending this time based on project needs.

J-PAL North America staff can provide support in a number of areas, which include but are not limited to: coordinating communication across stakeholders; refining randomization implementation design and consent procedures; pilot design and implementation; study process monitoring. The full description of RMS includes more information about potential types of research support.

Budgeting

The cost of RMS depends on the level of support needed from J-PAL North America staff. PIs can select the level of engagement they need within the activities shown in the RMS questionnaire application (described in the full description of RMS). Estimates will be refined in conversation with J-PAL North America staff after the application is sent and before award decisions are made.

Once an application is received, J-PAL NA staff will reach out to researchers to plan project support in more detail. These conversations are intended for planning purposes. The review board will consider the RMS proposal alongside the project to make a funding decision.

Selection

Projects selected to receive RMS will be:

  • Led by Principal Investigators (PIs) who have relatively limited prior randomized evaluation experience and have limited access to other options for full-time research staff.
  • Strategically aligned with J-PAL NA's mission
  • Able to demonstrate the value-add of RMS, including how and what kinds of project management support will contribute to the success of their work.
  • At or near the stage of launching randomization
Table  1 Timeline for Current RFP
Review process description Deadline

RMS questionnaire. Studies interested in applying for RMS will submit a brief questionnaire with their RFP application.

 

January 12th, 2022

Introductory phone calls. J-PAL NA staff will reach out to applicants and coordinate an initial conversation with PIs to define what support would entail for their specific studies.

Within two weeks after RFP deadline

RFP application review. RMS applications will not impact RFP funding decisions.

RFP review process

RMS review. RMS applications will have a review board comprised of J-PAL NA staff leadership. Decisions about RMS allocations will be released on the RFP notification date but the revision process will be independent from the RFP review process.

 

During RFP review process timeline 

Notification. Studies that are eligible for RMS will be contacted by J-PAL NA staff alongside RFP funding decisions.

Week of March 14th

 

How to Apply

Please complete and submit a brief questionnaire with your RFP application. The questionnaire includes questions about the kind of support your study would benefit from. Before the RFP decisions are released, eligible applicants will be contacted by J-PAL NA staff to clarify project needs and discuss next steps. 

Full information about RMS can be found in the full description. Responses to common questions about the program can be found in our FAQ document.

For further information and questions, please email us at [email protected]