The PEP "Grant Plus" mechanism

A program of manifold support to help strengthen research capacities in developing countries

PEP provides researchers based in developing countries with a sophisticated program of financial, technical and scientific, and policy outreach support that systematically removes obstacles to the conduct of state of the art research in/from their home countries. 

The provision of PEP grants addresses the lack of funding for research in developing countries, which all too often leads the best and brightest local researchers to move to developed countries. However, solving the funding issue is not always enough to convince local experts to pursue their research activities in/from their home country, and it is in this regard that PEP innovates in the support it provides.

PEP's comprehensive scientific support strategy ensures that local researchers in all regions of the developing world have access to advanced training, as well as continued mentoring provided by PEP-affiliated international experts. PEP also makes available all the documentation and software necessary - for the researchers to achieve the best possible analysis - as well as a variety of professional development grants, to promote their expertise both at the national and international levels.

Moreover, the organisational structure of PEP provides its members with a unique networking experience, enabling them to interact with peers all around the world (North and South) to remedy the lack of research infrastructure in their home countries. 

Find out more about the list of activities and various forms of support included in the PEP "Grant Plus" support program.



Current PEP initiative for research and capacity building

Researchers interested in benefiting from PEP support are invited to apply during one of PEP's recurrent calls for proposals, which are usually launched in the context of a PEP collaboration with specific donor institutions.

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 (DFIDof the United Kingdom (or UK Aid) and the International Development Research Centre(IDRCof 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.


Below is the description of the current PEP research initiative for which further new candidates may apply in 2017:

New PEP initiative – co-funded by the IDRC and UK aid


To build and promote research capacities in developing countries


Through PEP’s unique and manifold support program

Including research grants, scientific and technical assistance, training and mentoring by international experts, resources and international exposure

Based on a “learning by doing” approach

Applying new knowledge and techniques in the conduct of rigorous policy analysis

For up to 50 research teams based in developing countries

Selected through competitive calls for proposals - with priority given to low-income economies, fragile and conflict-affected situations


For the analysis of specific and country-relevant policy issues


Under the broad theme of inclusive growth and employment, the research agenda of the selected projects will be defined according to a list of priority issues identified by an international policy group as especially relevant to address specific knowledge gaps and policy needs in terms of evidence base in developing countries.  


For the first call, the identified priority issues are:

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


From a variety of analytical perspectives


PEP specializes and provides training in a variety of cutting-edge methodologies, tools and techniques of economic development research:


The next call for proposals will be launched in July 2017 

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