Request for Proposals for CEGA's Economic Development & Institutions Initiative (EDI)

posted Dec 1, 2016, 12:00 AM by Berlin Development
We are pleased to announce the release of the first Request for Proposals (RFP) for CEGA’s Economic Development & Institutions initiative (EDI), a 4-year program supported by the UK Department for International Development. We had the pleasure of announcing this while joining the recent West Coast WGAPE convening at Stanford.

Approximately $7 million in research awards are budgeted for 3 funding rounds during 2016 - 2018. For this round, we expect to make multiple awards for both full-scale RCTs (no funding limit, but awards can be up to $745,000 per study at current exchange rates) and pilot studies (up to $27,000 per study).

We are looking for evaluations testing one or more of the following strategies to improve the effectiveness, accountability, and/or inclusiveness of public institutions in developing countries and ultimately support economic development:

● Financial or non-financial incentives (e.g. to enhance performance or compliance, or to encourage citizen engagement, etc.)
● Access, sharing or distribution of information (e.g. to increase transparency, monitor performance, etc.)
● Public official or employee selection (e.g. to improve recruitment, appointment, or election of bureaucrats, political leaders, and/or judicial officials)

Researchers from any institution are eligible to apply. Graduate students who have a senior researcher on their thesis committee are invited to apply for pilot funding, although they must have this faculty member also serve as a PI on the proposal.

Information needed to apply for funding is available at: 

A pre-proposal form (a very basic expression of interest) must be submitted online by 5pm U.S. Pacific Time on Tuesday January 10, 2017 at

Application materials must be emailed to by 5pm U.S. Pacific Time on Tuesday February 21, 2017.