New PEP call for proposals

  • N.B. The deadline for submissions under the second PAGE call for proposals has now expired.

  • See the list of important dates for the two first rounds of the PAGE intiative.

  • NEW! Related literature reviews have been prepared for projects using community-based monitoring systems (CBMS) - see further below. 

In 2012, PEP was 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 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 projects selected/supported under the previous (2012) PAGE funding round. You may also download the flyer of the 2nd PAGE call in English, or en Espanol, 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 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. Priority is given to low income countries (LICs), fragile and/or conflict states, but proposals are welcome from all developing countries
  • present sufficient academic and/or professional background in economics research/policy analysis

See further below for application details/procedure.

Click here to find out more about the "PEP support program" for researchers in developing countries.

*In the case of projects involving community-based monitoring systems, however, grants are released to institutions, not individuals (find out more below, or here).

For the analysis of specific and country-relevant policy issues

You may download this document to have a complete overview of the PAGE program's research themes and objectives in terms of development policy analysis.

However, 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 - 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 second (2013) PAGE funding round:

  • Safety net complementarities
  • Providing social protection to the informal sector
  • Youth employment and entrepreneurship
  • Employment intensity of non-agricultural growth
  • Discrimination in credit access for female entrepreneurs
  • China's growth: challenges and opportunities for developing country labor markets

CLICK HERE to find (download) a detailed description of each of the above-listed priority themes of research.

Also, to assist applicants in designing their research proposal, PEP resource persons have also prepared a complete review of existing scientific literature on each of the above-listed themes. Click on the links below to find the:

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 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 – 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:

* Only impact evaluations using non-experimental techniques (i.e. no randomized controlled trials) will be funded under this second (2013) PAGE round.

PAGE 2013 (round 2)

This second (2013) round of the PAGE initiative will fund roughly 25 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. Except in the case of CBMS projects, PEP grants do not include funding for activities related to data collection.

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).
  • 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 October 16 to December 10, 2013.
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 post their personal CV in their PEP intranet file. To do this, each member should "Login" to the PEP website and then select "Profile" and "Upload CV". We also strongly encourage applicants to fill out their profile with as much detail as possible (including photo, short bio, 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).

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 - with the exception of projects involving community-based monitoring systems (see below) - applicant teams ARE REQUIRED to submit their proposal using the following template:

You may also refer to the following :

For proposals of projects using community-based monitoring systems (CBMS)

In the case of projects using community-based monitoring systems (CBMS), applicants must refer to/use the following link: 

For general inquiries or assistance regarding this call for proposals (for non-CBMS projects), please contact us at

For inquiries/information regarding CBMS proposals, please contact or

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