The 50×2030 Initiative, an effort to transform country data systems across 50 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America by 2030, is sponsoring a competition for novel research projects that use 50×2030 data.

 Small grants – from $1,000 to $10,000 – will be issued for projects that employ 50×2030 survey data to generate practical research that can be applied to national policymaking, program (re)design or investment decisions. The Initiative will then feature outputs of the supported research at a virtual conference in November 2021 and through other outlets.

Local researchers in five partner countries – Cambodia, Ethiopia, Uganda, Senegal and Georgia – are eligible to apply.

The data use competition aims to facilitate the building of evidence-informed policies for rural development and food security. Research proposals must demonstrate relevance to national policy or investment priorities for the public or private sector by citing documentation. Proposals should provide a rationale of how the research outputs could translate to improved decision-making and how dissemination plans will promote the application of the research outputs to the broadest extent possible.

The International Fund for Agricultural Development, which manages the Data Use component of 50×0230, will lead the selection process. 

Applications must:

  • Provide clear research questions which address a gap in knowledge linked to the stated objectives of the 50×2030 Initiative and the study country’s policies and priorities, explain and provide expected relationships and documentation on how the research would inform practical policy decisions linked to rural development and food security within the study country,
  • Identify what national data it will use, both 50×2030 data sets and other,
  • Describe the analysis methods to be used,
  • Identify the target audience for the research in a manner consistent with the stated objectives of the 50×2030 Initiative,
  • Provide a budget between $1000 – $10,000,
  • Provide a timeline to complete the research by September 2021, and
  • Lay out a dissemination and communication strategy to promote the research output.

The full call for proposals is here.

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