Call For Application - CEPR and DFID: For a major research initiavie on private enterprise development in low-income countries

Posted by Jamal Fida Friday, April 6, 2012 0 comments
Closing Date: April 16,2012.

You can now apply for a Major Grant under the CEPR – DFID research initiative on private enterprise development in low-income countries.
Over the next five years, Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries (PEDL) will pursue a research agenda that aims to better understand what determines the strength of market forces driving efficiency in Low-Income Countries (LICs). Existing research suggests that the private sector in LICs faces a multitude of constraints that act upon each other. What is needed is research that allows us to understand how these constraints interact.
PEDL will support approaches that promise to produce credible research results that will be useful for policy-making. It will promote research related to firms of all sizes. PEDL focuses on four research themes:
§  Modelling market frictions in LICs using newly available data
§  Understanding how constraints interact using micro-founded macro models
§  The dynamics of SMEs: Informality and entrepreneurship
§  The role of export-oriented industries in driving growth
PEDL will encourage proposals that address cross-cutting issues such as:
§  Fragile and conflict affected states
§  Gender
§  Climate, environment and social compliance
These grants will be awarded primarily to allow researchers to:
§  fund teaching buyouts (or relevant remuneration) for the principal investigator
§  research assistance
§  data collection and new surveys in low-income countries
In this round we plan to award at least 6 Major Grant awards, with an average grant size of £300,000.  Note however that whilst there is a lower limit of £100,000 for each Major Grant, there is no upper limit.  Cost effectiveness and value for money will also be important evaluation criteria. The grants are designed to provide financial support for the individuals undertaking the research and to cover reasonable associated costs that are directly related to the proposed research project.

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