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. Important note: For those graduate students that previously received funding from J-PAL, the total allowable per project budget is $50,000. For example, if a graduate student received a $5,000 travel/proposal development grant and subsequently applies for pilot funding for that same project, the maximum budget that can be awarded is $45,000.

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.