call for proposals by STEG Larger Research Grants

Deadline: 19th September 2023 | Call for proposals by STEG Larger Research Grants

Applications are being accepted for the fourth call for proposals for Larger Research Grants (LRGs), which is sponsored by the Structural Transformation and Economic Growth (STEG) and the Yale Research Initiative on Innovation and Scale (Y-RISE).


LRGs of up to £100,000 (The £100,000 threshold for this funding call will be lowered for initiatives with extraordinary data gathering expenses in low-income countries.) can provide the primary investigator and co-investigators from partner institutions with research help, data collection and/or purchasing, and teaching buyouts, or other appropriate remuneration practises. Even when secondary data is used, grants also help fund trips to field locations.


  • Broad systemic patterns and processes of structural change and growth for low-income nations, in a comparative sense across time or geography, or more narrowly defined topics relating to one or more of the following six research categories, may be the focus of research.
  • Data, measurement, and conceptual framework; Businesses, spillovers and frictions, and industrial policy; Labour, domestic production, and structural change at the level of households;
  • Trade frictions and sectoral and regional differences in agricultural productivity;
  • Public investment and political economics.
  • They also invite work that touches on Y-RISE’s interest in comprehending large-scale policy interventions, paying special attention to work that aims to advance understanding of the effects of electrification and fits into one or more of the following themes:
  • The importance of dependable energy to economic growth; How electricity and other investments complement one another;
  • Migration and urbanisation in the context of spatially inequitable electrification;
  • Large-scale programme effects on macro, economic, and welfare are some broad themes.
  • Networks, spillovers, and equilibrium effects
  • Institutional capability and the application of policy
  • Programmes’ political and economic effects
  • Aggregated data and external validity

Focus Regions

  • Additionally, STEG is centred on three concerns that cut across numerous structural transformation domains, including the six study themes:
  • Gender; environmental and climate change; inclusivity; and inequality.
  • Information on Funding and Duration
  • Up to £100,000 in larger research grants (LRGs) can be given out.
  • An LRG is designed to be finished in less than 24 months.


  • They encourage applications that propose collaboration between academics from lower- and higher-income nations. They welcome applications to the LRG requests from researchers around the world.
  • They are now unable to accept applications for projects that feature researchers or members of the research team that are based at Russian universities due to the current political climate and the implementation of economic sanctions on numerous Russian organisations by Western governments.
  • Principal investigators should hold a PhD or be enrolled in a PhD programme at the time they submit an application to an LRG call. Despite the fact that co-investigators are not required to have any official qualifications, co-investigators on STEG-funded projects typically hold a PhD or are enrolled in a PhD degree. The complete research team’s qualifications, knowledge, and experience will all be taken into consideration while assessing the proposal.
  • The regular LRG calls are open to contributions from PhD students. All applicants will be evaluated on their capacity and expertise in undertaking data collecting and research more broadly at this scale, though, considering the size of funding provided by the LRGs.
  • They believe PhD candidates applying on their own could find it difficult to compete with more seasoned researchers. They encourage PhD candidates to submit as a team with more experienced co-investigators in order to demonstrate the project’s viability and legitimacy. They demand a letter of support from your PhD advisor no later than two weeks following the deadline for all PhD students serving as primary investigators.

Visit Structural Transformation and Economic Growth (STEG) for additional information.

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