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Introduction

The Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) under the auspices of Impact
Evaluation Laboratory
funded by William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is pleased to announce
a competitive call for concept notes from eligible Tanzanian researchers. This call for concept
notes under small grants initiative complements other ESRF’s approaches for capacity
development on impact evaluation research. In this regard, the call accepts concept notes
prepared using rigorous and creative methods of impact evaluation such as randomized
controlled trials (RCTs), instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, difference-indifferences, among other rigorous IE methods. The call is open to diverse themes/subject areas (agriculture, health, education, governance, political science etc.) of interest to
researchers.

Who May Apply for a Research Grant?

The call targets at building the capacity of junior and mid-career researchers interested with
sharpening research skills using rigorous methods of impact evaluation. The call accepts
concept notes prepared by individual researchers as well as those prepared jointly by a team
of researchers. Teaming up with international researchers is allowed provided that the
Lead/Principal Investigator (PI) is a local researcher. Research concept notes for projects
undertaken as part of degree programs (Master or PhD theses) must be declared as such.
This declaration should include providing a proof of registration and endorsement by
supervisor of the applicant’s institution.

Those interested can submit a comprehensive and well thought concept note, that should not
exceed five pages (excluding annexes) presented as follows:

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