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Fourth Call for Proposals for STEG Larger Research Grants

Apply before: September 19, 2023

Fourth Call for Proposals for STEG Larger Research Grants. STEG and the Yale Research Initiative on Innovation and Scale (Y-RISE) invite applications to the fourth call for proposals for Larger Research Grants (LRGs). This will be the final LRG call under the current STEG programme.


They welcome applications to the LRG calls from researchers all over the world, and encourage applications that propose collaboration between researchers from lower- and higher-income countries.

In view of the current political situation and the imposition of economic sanctions on various Russian entities by Western governments, they are not currently able to accept proposals for projects that include researchers or members of the research team who are based at Russian institutions.

Principal investigators applying to LRG calls should currently have a PhD or be enrolled in a PhD programme. Although there are no formal qualification requirements for co-investigators, co-investigators on STEG-funded projects usually have a PhD or are enrolled in a PhD programme. The knowledge, expertise, and qualifications of the entire research team will be taken into account when evaluating the proposal.

LRGs of up to £100,000* can fund research assistance, data collection and/or purchase, teaching buyouts, or relevant remuneration practices, for the principal investigator and co-investigators from partner institutions. Grants also support travel to field sites, even when secondary data is utilised. They view this kind of travel (with the possibilities for field visits and conversations with policymakers) as particularly important for researchers who lack prior experience in the countries that they intend to study. Please note that cost-effectiveness and value for money are important evaluation criteria and submitted budgets must adhere to the LRG Budget Guidelines.

Research may focus on broad systemic patterns and processes of structural transformation and growth for low-income countries, in a comparative sense across time or space, or more narrowly defined topics related to one or more of the following six research themes:

  • Data, measurement, and conceptual framing;
  • Firms, frictions and spillovers, and industrial policy;
  • Labour, home production, and structural transformation at the level of households;
  • Agricultural productivity and sectoral gaps;
  • Trade and spatial frictions;
  • Political economy and public investment.

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For this funding call, the £100,000 cap will be relaxed for projects with extraordinary data collection costs in low-income countries. To study questions around structural transformation, productivity, and economic growth in low-income countries, there is a clear need for access to improved data and they recognise the substantial costs related to these projects. As with all projects focused on data collection, they expect the data to be made publicly available by the end of the grant. While no fixed limit has been placed above the £100,000 cap, the additional budget must be within reason and clearly justified.

Application Process

Applicants are asked to submit their proposals, using the templates available at the bottom of the LRG funding page on the STEG website, via the LRG Application Form on Hub.

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For more information : structural Transformation and economic Growth

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