Request for Proposals

The J-PAL State and Local Innovation Initiative Request for Proposals (RFP) supports the implementation of randomized evaluations that can inform important policy questions faced by US state and local governments.

J-PAL North America is currently inviting proposals for the State & Local Innovation Initiative. Application materials must be submitted by 5:00 pm EST on Monday, April 1, 2019.   

Please Note: J-PAL North America has dedicated funding to support projects related to homelessness. If your proposal focuses on this topic, please reach out to Rohit Naimpally at [email protected] for more information on how to apply.



1. Full Research Projects: Full research projects are typically awarded between $150,000 and $400,000. Researchers must propose a clear and well-developed research question including detailed randomization design and sample size estimates. 

2. Pilot Studies: Pilot studies may be awarded up to $50,000. Researchers should seek to answer a particular research question; however, the design and implementation require further testing and piloting. Random assignment does not necessarily need to occur during a pilot study, but proposals should explain how the pilot will lead to a randomized evaluation in the future. 

3. Short-Term Research Management (STReaM): In this RFP cycle, we are offering the opportunity to apply for STReaM, a new program that provides 3-6 months of research management support from J-PAL NA staff. This support can be used for either full studies or pilots, and may include but is not limited to: coordinating communication across stakeholders; refining randomization implementation design and consent procedures; pilot design and implementation; study process monitoring. For this application cycle, STReaM would come in addition to, and not as a substitute for, any funding that is awarded through the RFP. For more information about STReaM and to apply, please see the website or contact [email protected] 

4. Travel/Proposal Development Grants. Travel/proposal development grants are to be used for early stage activities with the goal of launching a randomized evaluation in North America. Researchers may be awarded up to $5,000. 


December 7, 2018 – RFP is issued

April 1, 2019 – Proposal Submission Deadline

Week of May 27, 2019 – Awards Announced

In rare instances, J-PAL North America will consider off-cycle proposals for projects, including pilots, facing time constraints due to factors outside of their control. Decisions on these applications are typically made in about two weeks. We accept travel/proposal development grants at any time of the year.


Applicants must include both (a) a representative of a US state or local government and (b) a J-PAL affiliate, J-PAL post-doctoral fellow, or researcher invited by J-PAL North America to apply to the State and Local Innovation Initiative (special invitee). 

Graduate students may apply for full research projects or pilot studies up to $50,000 if they both have a J-PAL affiliate on their thesis committee and either received a travel/proposal development grant from J-PAL for the specific project proposed or have documented evidence of successful piloting activities. 

All proposals may include collaborators outside of this network, but the principal investigator (PI) must be an eligible applicant. 

Eligible applicants can submit a maximum of three proposals per 12-month period, per initiative. Note: PI and co-PI status are counted towards this limit.