STEG invites applications for the second call for proposals for Ideas for Transformation (I4Ts).
I4Ts are brief and largely non-technical essays (about 15 pages, double-spaced) utilizing country-specific expertise to identify a specific policy distortion, market failure, or other similar opportunity to promote inclusive growth and development in a particular country or context.
The goal is to identify potential case studies that warrant further research. These might be specific and well-documented examples of a market failure or a policy problem – but ideally the cases should have broad relevance. For instance, an example of a local problem or issue will be more compelling if it can be taken as typical of some broader set of cases. Successful applicants to the I4T call will receive funding of £1,000.
We are interested in I4T studies that:
For instance, an essay might describe and quantify the impact of poor transport connections on a particular rural area of an African country. Perhaps transport problems lead farmers to produce low-value non-perishable crops rather than higher value crops that are highly perishable. This might be a problem that affects other rural areas, and so this is an example of a case study that might be interesting to understand in detail. By contrast, we are less interested in case studies that show positive effects from an intervention that benefits specific recipients but might have a zero-sum (or near-zero-sum) aggregate impact. Thus, a training program that benefits some entrepreneurs might not make a good I4T case study, unless it appears to be operating at a sufficient scale to change the overall productivity of an entire sector.
Applicants are asked to submit their proposal and CV(s) in English to the STEG Team at email@example.com. Applicants should use the following reference in the email subject: “I4T Application_full name.” The proposal should be completed using the proposal template available at the bottom of this page.
The proposal should describe a specific opportunity for a policy (defined broadly, as an action taken by some set of actors, not necessarily in government) that will plausibly and feasibly deliver a substantial impact on economic growth and structural transformation.
Proposals should contain the following sectons:
Proposals should be submitted along with the CV for the individual(s) submitting the proposal. Guidance on proposal length can be found in the proposal template available at the bottom of this page.
I4Ts are designed to be contracted directly with individuals, rather than with institutions.
Given the importance of local country-specific knowledge, we especially encourage applications from researchers based in low- and middle-income countries, including those in universities, think tanks, government agencies, and other institutions. STEG takes a particular interest in broadening the set of researchers interested in structural transformation and economic growth. In that spirit, we also particularly welcome submissions from early-career researchers and from women.
We aim to issue funding decisions within two months of the deadline for receipt of proposals. An I4T is intended to be completed within three months. Please note that contracts should be signed within one month of the return of the final decision, which is also the expected project start date.
Please note that a necessary criterion for funding of proposals is the relevance to policy in at least one low-income country, with a special interest in Sub-Saharan Africa. We will adhere closely to our geography of interest in this call.
The deadline to submit proposals is December 8, 2021 by 23:59 GMT. Applications received after this time will be considered for the next I4T round.
Applicants are asked to submit their proposals, using the template available at the bottom of the I4T funding page, to the STEG team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants should use the following reference in the email subject: “I4T Application full name”.