New PEP Call for Proposals - PAGE II (Round 1)

PEP launches a new call for proposals for projects on “Policy Analysis on Growth and Employment” (PAGE) in developing countries.

  • The submission deadline is September 15, 2016 - see the list of important dates for this call.
  • Proposals must be submitted using the relevant proposal templates and following the relevant guidelines, and via the PEP intranet system - see detailed instructions and requirements below

Another PEP call for expressions of interests (EOIs) – for institution-led CGE modeling programs – was also launched this summer but is now closed. More information.

Building on the success of its Policy Analysis on Growth and Employment (PAGE) program (2012-2015), PEP has been granted funding by the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom (or UK Aid) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada in 2016 to launch a new program supporting high quality research, capacity development, and policy engagement for growth and employment in developing countries: PAGE II.

Find out more about the PAGE II program here. You may also download the flyer for this call, for circulation in your network(s). 


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 "Grant Plus" support mechanism, as they conduct high quality research projects using cutting-edge methodologies and engaging with stakeholders to inform policy in their home countries.

Team composition

Applicant teams are generally composed of 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.

Priority is given to low income countries (LICs), fragile and/or conflict states, but proposals are welcomed from all developing countries.

Only projects involving data collection - supported under the CBMS group (see below) - are contracted with institutions. Projects that do not involve data collection are contracted with individual researchers (team leaders).

See below for application details and procedure.


To analyze specific and country-relevant policy issues

For this first PAGE II call for proposals, five priority themes (all under the broad theme of inclusive growth and employment) have been identified as especially relevant in addressing knowledge gaps and policy needs in terms of evidence base. These themes, listed below, have been identified by international experts in the field of development economics.

  • Youth employment: supply- and demand-side constraints and related policy options - description  /  readings
  • Gender and women’s economic empowerment - description  /  readings
  • Entrepreneurship and financial inclusion - description readings
  • Productive employment in rural farm and non-farm sectors - increasing labour productivity and reducing factor market imperfections - description  /  readings
  • Sectoral composition and patterns of economic growth - implications for job-creation, employment and poverty reduction - description  /  readings

Click on the links next to each of the above-listed priority themes to download a detailed description of the theme (including examples of methodological approaches) and the associated list of recommended readings.


From a variety of methodological approaches

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

Beyond the geographic scope of its activities, another peerless feature of PEP is the breadth of analytical perspectives, tools and techniques that researchers can choose to apply and be trained in. Some of these tools – which are acknowledged worldwide as state of the art 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.

The PEP research support program spans four distinct thematic research groups (TRGs), each focused on a different set of methodological approaches. Each group involves experts from around the world who are assigned as mentors to the research project teams upon the teams' selection. 

For this particular call, PEP will be accepting proposals involving the following approaches:

Only projects using the first approach (CBMS) involve data collection. Proposals involving data collection will NOT be considered/accepted for support under the MPIA and PMMA groups.

The fourth PEP TRG supports experimental research projects (see PIERI group). The first-round call for expressions of interest for this group was launched in April 2016 and is now closed.

While conducting their research work, all selected project teams will also be provided with customized and ongoing guidance/mentorship for the implementation of an effective policy engagement and communication strategy, to maximize chances that the research we support is taken up in policy processes at the local and/or national levels. 


PAGE II - funding and selection process

This first round of the PAGE II initiative will fund approximately 20 new projects.

Basic PAGE II funding is up to $58.5 K, including $22 K in a research (cash) grant and up to $36.5 K in various subsidies, such as for participation in PEP meetings and study visits, for publications in peer-reviewed journals, for presentations in international conferences, and for the organization of national policy conferences, etc.

Additional financing (US$25 K) will be allocated for projects using the CBMS approach, i.e. involving data collection.

After the initial evaluation rounds (comments and revisions), a shortlist of (MPIA and PMMA) applicant teams will be invited to participate in a distance (online) training course in the specific research methods/tools to be applied in their project. This opportunity is open to all members of the shortlisted research teams. Subject to the successful completion of the relevant course, two members of each finalist research team will then be invited to present their (revised) proposal at the 2017 PEP general meeting. This meeting will feature a 4-5 day advanced PEP School (intensive training workshop) in the specific research methods and tools to be applied in their project as well as the presentation of all shortlisted proposals, following which the final evaluation/selection of grantees will be made.


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 low-income countries, fragile and/or conflict states (see list of priority countries).
  • Teams are generally composed of at least one senior researcher leading a gender-balanced group of junior researchers (ideally less than 30 years of age). PAGE II positively encourages teams with a female researcher as project leader.
  • 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 using the PEP intranet system

Applications must be submitted via the PEP intranet system, before September 15, 2016 (23h59, EST). Here are the steps to follow:

  1. ALL members of the applicant teams must register on the PEP website BEFORE submitting a new proposal. To register, click Register (see also the top right corner of the PEP website header, 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 (also 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 and upload all required documentation using the proposal templates (to upload when completed) as provided below - see "content of proposals".
  5. Once finished, to make sure that the proposal has been successfully submitted to PEP, simply return to your PEP intranet file and click on "My Projects".

If you encounter any difficulties completing the steps above, please consult our FAQ page.
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Content of proposals

For project proposals submitted under the MPIA and PMMA groups

There are three main dimensions to all PEP-supported projects:

  • Research and policy analysis
    • Research question, methodology, data sources and data requirements
    • Project’s expected contributions to the scientific evidence base (how the project fills current knowledge gaps)
    • Policy relevance of the research questions/issues at a national level
  • Capacity building:
    • Team composition (gender, junior, experience, etc) and expected contribution of each team member
    • Expected capacity building (of each team member) and strengthening of local expertise
  • Policy engagement/impact:
    • Pre-analysis of policy context and related needs in terms of evidence base (including evidence of previous consultations with stakeholders)
    • Identification of target audiences and related outreach/consultation strategy
    • Outline of dissemination strategy

In order to be considered, MPIA/PMMA applicant teams ARE REQUIRED to submit their proposal using the following TEMPLATE, which is structured around these three dimensions. Each section must be completed with due care and attention, as they are reviewed individually and concurrently to assess the overall quality of a proposal. These projects do not involve data collection. 

For guidance and/or information, you may also refer to the following:

For project proposals submitted under the CBMS group

In order to be considered, CBMS applicant teams ARE REQUIRED to submit their proposal using the following CBMS proposal TEMPLATE.

For guidance and/or further information, you may also refer to the following:

Further requirements

The proposal should also correspond to one or more of the priority issues listed above.

PEP encourages applicant teams to submit proposals in English, but also welcomes proposals (including all supporting documents) that are submitted in French or Spanish.

    PLAGIARISM is strictly unacceptable - more information about the definition of plagiarism and related instructions for citing sources. PEP uses a software program to detect cases of plagiarism.


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