AidData Seeks the Next Generation of Development Research Using Geocoded Data

AidData and US Global Development Lab

AidData is pleased to announce that it is requesting expressions of interest to undertake new research that (a) uses rigorous empirical methods to analyze sub-nationally geocoded development finance data, and (b) has significant potential to inform development policy and decision-making.  Over the next three years, AidData will provide up to $2 million (including direct and indirect costs) to support research of this kind. Most awards are expected to fall in the $50,000-$200,000 range, with special consideration given to exceptional projects. This research is made possible by funding from USAID's Global Development Lab and the Higher Education Solutions Network.

This is a two-phase funding competition. During the first phase, AidData will accept expressions of interest (EOI) following the format in the attached forms. Submitted EOIs will be used to shape the second phase of the competition, and research teams that provide compelling EOIs will receive initial feedback prior to the second phase, which will be a full call for applications. 

Successful expressions of interest will fit within one of four categories:

  1. Aid Targeting & Allocation - projects that seek to understand how foreign aid is targeted and allocated within-country;
  2. Aid Effectiveness & Impact - projects that address the effectiveness of aid in improving outcomes at the subnational level.
  3. Transparency for Development - projects that examine the impact of informational interventions and transparency initiatives related to development finance.
  4. Developing and Testing Spatial Methods - methodological innovations that utilize development finance data to improve allocation or impact evaluation strategies at the subnational level. Successful proposals will include the development and empirical application of novel approaches to spatial analysis.

All EOIs should be emailed to by October 15, 2014.  Anyone can submit an EOI, regardless of whether he or she is a current member of the AidData Research Consortium (ARC). As such, we encourage you to share this information with any colleagues who may be interested in this opportunity.

For those who choose to submit an EOI and are not already a member of the ARC, the EOI will also serve as an ARC membership application. Membership in the ARC is a prerequisite for the second phase of the funding competition.

Required documentation: 

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