• is focused on governance politics, economics, or social welfare in low and middle-income countries that are economically dependent on oil, gas, and mining;• is methodologically rigorous and employs either experimental or quasi-experimental approaches;• has important policy implications. These may include curtailing corruption, reducing the incidence of violent conflict, improving government services and responsiveness, and improving socioeconomic conditions;• includes partnerships with local researchers and organizations. These organizations can include non-governmental organizations, firms, and government agencies.
Travel grants are for a maximum of $10,000 and can only be spent on travel costs, including the cost of airfare, ground transportation, and hotels and meals for the grant recipient(s), collaborators, and research partners. The award is intended for projects that have not yet received significant funding and must be spent within twelve months of receiving the grant.grants Travel grants can be used for visiting potential research sites, building relationship with potential partners or working with partners to design and test interventions.
Proposals will be evaluated on two criteria: first, whether they are likely to result in a research project whose research design and thematic focus are in keeping with PRG’s mission; and second, the training and/or track record of the researcher or research team. University faculty, graduate students, and development professionals are welcome to apply; teams of researchers are encouraged. Applicants from developing countries are particularly encouraged to apply.
Proposals are reviewed on ongoing basis and applicants will be notified of their award status within two months of proposal submission. Recipients will be required to submit a brief report on their activities, and the state of any resulting research projects, upon completion of the grant.