08 August 2019

Call for Proposals on Climate Change and Social Compliance

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The Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries (PEDL) Initiative is glad to announce a special call through its Special Exploratory Research Grant program for projects addressing climate change and social compliance. These topics represent one of the four priority themes of the PEDL program: however, we have received relatively few proposals tackling questions related to this area. This call is meant to draw the attention of researchers to the importance of these topics.

Examples of topics relevant for this call are:

- The impact of environmental regulations on firm performances (e.g. https://pedl.cepr.org/content/environmental-regulations-and-firm-performances-chinese-manufacturing-sector-0  and https://pedl.cepr.org/content/transparent-environmental-regulation-and-industrial-performance-2)

- The impact of climate and pollution on worker productivity (https://pedl.cepr.org/content/impact-climate-and-pollution-worker-productivity-evidence-india-4  and https://pedl.cepr.org/content/impact-climate-and-pollution-worker-productivity-evidence-india-6).

While this call will focus on one specific PEDL Research Theme, the other typical criteria apply. As a result, we encourage proposals that address the following cross-cutting issues:

  • Fragile and Conflict Afflicted States
  • Gender
  • Unlocking Data for Understanding Markets and Firms

For this special call, we have established an upper limit of funding of £50,000, thus higher than the usual ceiling. These grants will cover expenditures related to research assistance, field work, travel and other expenditures directly related to the research.

Grant set-up:
Exploratory Research Grant (ERG) projects will run for 12 months.

Please note that contracts should be signed within one month of the outcome notification, which is also the expected start date for the projects.

ERGs are designed to be contracted directly with individual researchers. The individual researcher will be responsible for receiving, spending and reporting on funds. There is typically no institutional involvement unless required, for example, to support fieldwork. In exceptional circumstances and with significant justification, contracts can be drafted with the researcher's home institution, but terms for these contracts are non-negotiable and the cannot include any home institution overhead fees.

For further information on ERGs, please consult the FAQs.

Please note that an important criterion for funding of proposals is the relevance to policy in Low-Income Countries and other eligible countries as defined by the PEDL Programme. See the list of LICs and DFID focus countries here. Proposals for projects outside the focus countries should make a clear case for the relevance of the research to policy in lower-income countries, and also justify why the research is feasible only in non-target countries. Note that, at the moment, we are unable to fund projects located in Myanmar and Palestine.

The deadline for this Special Call on Climate Change and Social Compliance is 11.59pm GMT on September 15, 2019. Applications received after this time will be considered for the next Standard ERG round, if their budget is below £40,000.


  • All applicants are required to use the templates listed below under "Resources"
  • Please note that at the beginning of your online submission, you will need to select "I am applying for a Special Exploratory Grant"

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