2016 Call for Proposals

** Please note the Third and future Call for Proposals are suspended until further review.

The Strategic Research Program (SRP) had completed two Call for Proposals, and awarded 33 research projects. The third Call for Proposals was launched in February 2016. 

The 3rd Call for Proposals (CFP) has seven thematic focus areas:  private sector development; financial development; education; trade and globalization; agriculture and rural development; transport; and energy. The SRP will fund research that generates new knowledge with significant potential to benefit the lives of poor people in developing countries in Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East and North Africa regions.  It will also fund research in low income countries and countries with high levels of extreme poverty in other regions. Proposals should consider (where appropriate and possible) analysis from a gender perspective and where data is collected, this should be in a disaggregated form. 

The first stage of selection is the concept notes which are due at the end of March.  Notification of selected concept notes will be sent out around end April. The second stage of selection is the proposals. Selected concept notes will be asked to develop full proposals, due early June.   The Program Secretariat is expecting decisions on the full proposals by the Research Management Committee by early August. 

Collaboration between external agencies (e.g., university and think tank) and a world bank’s team (at the headquarter or country offices) is strongly encouraged in the preparation of the proposals. If needed, the SRP Administrative Unit will help match the external researchers with Bank teams. The final proposals should include a clear statement of the collaboration with relevant research and operations units in the WBG during execution. Additional weighting will be given to research proposals that actively demonstrate links between research and operations/policy.

Please visit this page to access detailed timetable for Call for Proposals 2016.