New PEP call for proposals

The 3rd and final PAGE call for proposals is now officially launched!

  • Applicants are invited to submit their proposals via the PEP intranet system (see instructions below) starting on August 25, 2014.
  • Deadline for submission is October 30, 2014

    • See the list of important dates
    • Please note that projects involving data collection will not be considered/selected for support under this (3rd) PAGE round of funding, with the exception of the special call for field experiments (see details below).
    • You may also download the flyer of the 3rd PAGE call for proposals in English, français (forthcoming), or espanol, for circulation in your network(s)

In 2012, PEP was granted funding by the UK Department for International Development (DFID or UK Aid) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada to lead a new research initiative entitled “Policy Analysis on Growth and Employment” (PAGE) in developing countries.

Find out more about the PAGE program here - including the list of (42) projects selected and supported under the 1st and 2nd PAGE funding rounds.


To build and promote research capacities in developing countries

In accordance with PEP’s core mission, this initiative includes an important “capacity building” component, and targets teams of researchers based in developing countries. Selected teams will benefit from the unique and manifold “PEP support program” in the conduct of high quality research projects.

Team composition:

Applicant teams are generally composed of at least one senior researcher, leading several junior researchers, and must:

  • be gender-balanced (at least 50% female researchers)
  • be comprised exclusively of individuals born and living in a developing country.
  • present sufficient academic and/or professional background in economics research/policy analysis

See further below for application details/procedure. 
Folllow this link to find out more about the "PEP support program" for researchers in developing countries.

For the analysis of specific and country-relevant policy issues

For each PAGE call for proposals, a different list of specific priority issues - yet always under the broad theme of inclusive growth and employment - are identified as especially relevant to address specific knowledge gaps and policy needs in terms of evidence base. These issues are identified by the PAGE policy group - composed of high-level development policy experts from different regions of the world - in collaboration with PEP lead researchers - international experts in the field of development economics.

See below for the list of priority issues for projects to be supported through the third (2014) PAGE funding round:

  • Improving the targeting of public expenditures and social assistance
  • Design of minimum wage policies and impact on youth and female workers
  • Youth employment
  • The inclusiveness of growth: the role of labor markets
  • Natural resources and employment
  • Micro and small enterprises for economic empowerment and poverty reduction

Follow this link to find (download) a detailed description of each of the above-listed priority themes of research.

From a variety of methodological approaches

Building on ten years of experience and a large pool of world-renowned experts in the field, PEP offers unique expertise in the application of cutting-edge methodologies or analytical techniques of economics and development research in the specific context of developing countries.

Beyond the geographic scope of its activities and reach, another peerless feature of PEP is the breadth of analytical perspectives, tools and techniques (usually referred to as the “PEP toolbox”) which researchers can choose to apply and be trained in. Some of these tools - which are acknowledged worldwide as the most up-to-date in the field of applied development research – have emerged directly from PEP research.  They are based on extensive experience in the analysis of policy issues related to poverty and economic development in the specific context of developing countries.

Find more information regarding the various methods fostered by PEP research through the related sections of the PEP website as linked below:

* Projects involving data collection (e.g. CBMS projects, or randomized controlled trials) will not be supported under this 3rd (final) PAGE round of funding, with the exception of those selected in the context of the "special call for field experiments". See further below for more information on this call. 

PAGE round 3

This (3rd) round of the PAGE initiative will fund roughly 20 new projects

Basic PAGE funding is up to $44.5 K, including $20 K in research (cash) grant and up to $24.5 K in various subsidies (for participation in PEP meetings, study visits, working paper and journal publication grants, presentations in international conferences, organization of national policy conferences and dissemination activities).

For projects from LIC teams, up to $13.5 K in additional funding is provided to allow 2 team members to attend a PEP School.

N.B. In the context of this specific (3rd) PAGE call, PEP grants will not include funding for activities related to data collection, with the exception of the special call for field experiments (see below).


Application details and procedure


Who can apply?

  • All members of applicant teams must be developing country nationals (and reside in a developing country during the full course of the project), with priority given to teams from LIC countries, fragile and/or conflict states (see list of priority countries).
  • Teams are generally composed of at least one senior researcher leading several junior researchers, of which at least 50% are females.
  • University-level training in economics or equivalent experience will generally be required.

Interested researchers who are not eligible for funding are nonetheless encouraged to use the training material, readings and other information and resources made available on the PEP website.

How to submit a proposal?

You must submit your proposal using the PEP website “intranet system”, from August 25 to October 30, 2014.
Here are the steps to follow:

  1. ALL members of the applicant team must first register on the PEP website, before submitting a new proposal. To register, click on "Register" (see also top right corner of the PEP website header above, next to "Login") and follow the instructions.
  2. You will receive a username and password by email, normally within minutes, that will allow you to access your PEP intranet file, by clicking on the Login button (again, top right corner above). Note that you can change your password yourself, through your personal intranet profile, anytime.
  3. ALL members of the applicant team must complete their PEP intranet profile, including their personal CV, a photo and short professional bio. To do this, each member should "Login" to the PEP website and then select "Profile" (and then "Upload CV", "Upload photo", etc.).
  4. To then submit the proposal, the team leader must login, click on "Submit New Proposal" and fill out the required information, using the proposal templates (to upload when completed) as provided below - see "content of proposals".
  5. When all is done, to make sure that the proposal has been successfully submitted to PEP, return to your PEP intranet file and click on "My Projects".

If you have difficulty completing the steps above, please consult our FAQ page. If you do not find your answer, please contact us at for assistance.

Content of proposals

Project proposals submitted in the context of the PAGE initiative must include a description of:

  • Research question, methodology, data sources and requirements
  • Project’s expected contributions in terms of :
    • Scientific “value added” and evidence base (how does the project fills knowledge gaps)
    • Responsiveness to specific policy needs (including evidence of consultation with stakeholders)
    • Capacity building and strengthening of local expertise
  • Strategy for research communication and policy outreach at the national level, throughout the project cycle

The research project proposal should also correspond to one or more of the priority themes (as listed above). PLAGIARISM is strictly forbidden - click here for definition of plagiarism and related instructions for citing sources. PEP will be using a software program to detect cases of plagiarism. PEP encourages applicant teams to submit proposals in English, but will accept proposals submitted in French or Spanish in cases of (justified) language barrier. 

In order to be considered, applicant teams ARE REQUIRED to submit their proposal using either of the following templates

You may also refer to the following :

Special call for field experiment project proposals

Over the past decades, the field of experimental economics has undergone tremendous growth and, in accordance to its core mission, PEP now seeks to encourage and support researchers in developing countries to build their own/local capacity in the design and implementation of such experiments.

This is why, in the context of the 3rd PAGE funding round, PEP will select and support two projects of economic field experiments, to be led by teams of local researchers in developing countries (eligible for this call - see requirements listed above).

Download the PDF call for proposals for detailed information regarding field experiments, including a list of related readings, and this specific call.


To be considered, proposals must be submitted using the “Proposal template for field experiment project”.
This template should be completed based on indications provided in the “Guidelines to complete an experimental research proposal”, which presents detailed instructions/examples regarding the specific requirements and information sought by PEP for proposal evaluation/selection.

In total, two research teams will be selected to benefit from the manifold PEP support program in the conduct of high quality field experiments, in the context of the 3rd PAGE funding round. In addition to continual support from a PEP mentor (expert in the field), the PEP “Grant Plus” support program for these particular projects comprises a research grant of up to USD 30K.

Requirements in terms of themes, eligibility, application procedures, etc. are the same as for all other PEP-PAGE grant applications - described in the above sections of this webpage.

For general inquiries regarding application details/procedures, you may refer to
However, more specific inquiries regarding "field experiments" can be addressed to Maria Adelaida Lopera Baena, at - a one-week delay can be expected for replies.

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