Updated Nov 19, 2020CLOSED

Women’s Economic Empowerment and Digital Finance (WEE-DiFine)

This call for proposals is dedicated to funding the following categories of studies:

- Large-scale greenfield evaluations: Intended for greenfield evaluations explicitly designed on strong theoretical grounding to target key questions in the initiative’s research agenda. The maximum award amount for this grant type is USD 500,000.

- Extensions to existing studies: Intended to add extensions to existing experimental research designs that would yield results of central relevance to the initiative’s research agenda. Researchers often lack the funding for accommodating the necessary sample size that would allow decomposing the mechanisms mediating the impacts of interventions, particularly in randomized control trials (RCTs) for impact evaluations. Alternatively, researchers may not have the budget to effectively include a sufficiently large strata of women in an experimental sample, particularly in cases where women are less represented than men. This tier of funding will enable researchers to add additional intervention arms, female strata to samples and/or other extensions to existing study designs, enabling researchers to investigate mechanisms influencing women’s economic empowerment. This tier of award is expected to yield results more quickly than funding for new projects. As such, funding will be awarded to proposals that clearly focus on adding survey rounds or samples to current studies or adding a WEE-DiFine targeted treatment arm to an existing study. The maximum award amount for this grant type is USD 200,000.
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CLOSEDNov 25, 2020Deadline
Up to $500,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
RegionAfrica, Asia and Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America / Caribbean, North America, Middle East and North Africa and Low and Middle Income Countries
Focus AreasGender
Financial Sector & Investment (Economic Growth and Trade)
Economic Empowerment (Gender)

Researchers working in higher education institutes or other non-profit research institutes are eligible to apply for funding though their institute. Graduate students working with a research adviser are also eligible to apply. We will only accept proposals submitted by an individual researcher who is not institutionally affiliated in exceptional circumstances in which the researcher has a demonstrated record of high quality research.

A single institution is allowed to submit multiple proposals during the same call for proposals. A single researcher can also be included in more than one proposal. If multiple proposals are submitted, the researcher and/or institutions involved should have the capacity to conduct the research according to the proposed timelines.

Institutions can apply as a single institution as well as in partnership with multiple institutions. In case of a partnership, one institution must be identified as the lead institution, which will be responsible for submitting the proposal. Only the lead institute will have a contract with BIGD and will be responsible for the successful delivery of the project.

Application Directions

Applicants must submit completed versions of all of the following documents by the submission deadline online. All applications along with all necessary documents must be submitted as PDF files except the budget, which must be submitted as an excel file. No information and/or documents from applicants will be accepted or considered after the closing date unless otherwise requested.
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