Apr 06, 2020 - Funding Updates

Off-cycle proposals for projects fighting COVID-19 in agricultural contexts

J-PAL, CEGA, and ATAI affiliates may submit off-cycle proposals aimed at helping generate rapid, useful, and responsible research that can help individuals and communities fight and respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Proposals must be related to agriculture or rural markets to be considered for funding from ATAI. ATAI will accept proposals for off-cycle funding for COVID-related projects until July 10, 2020. If you are interested in submitting an off-cycle COVID-19 proposal, please email your proposal to [email protected] with details on the proposed research context, key research questions, and the potential value of this rapid research.

We ask any research proposal to follow these key guiding principles to ensure the safety of all:

  • Research should have the potential to generate actionable recommendations against COVID-19.
  • Research, technical assistance, or underlying programming should not increase human contact (e.g., use administrative data, phone surveys, remote advising), should be done with utmost regard to the safety of everyone, and should secure IRB clearances before starting work.
  • Projects should be able to start ASAP, subject to IRB approval.
  • Results from this research should be made available and disseminated online after analysis to inform policy responses and decision-making in the ongoing fight against COVID-19.