Find the current Request for Proposals at this link.


ATAI’s semi-annual research competitions fund randomized controlled trials (RCTs), exploratory pilots, and “proposal development” travel grants to illuminate the mechanisms underlying “agricultural transformation” for rural poverty alleviation in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.  For more information, please review the Request For Proposals.



Eligible ATAI researchers are those that are J-PAL and/or CEGA affiliates, or have been specially invited by ATAI to join our network of researchers (they have been directly notified by email of their invitee status in 2019). If you have questions regarding your eligibility to participate, we welcome you to inquire by emailing us at [email protected].

Latest Request for Proposals


ATAI recently released a request for proposals this January 2020. Notification of the opportunity and application details were sent directly to eligible applicants. Instructions and templates are also provided here.


This round we are issuing a single coordinated funding window. Definitions and relevant distinctions are provided in the attached RFP. There is approximately $1 million available to award to research proposals.

For this round of grants, there are two deadlines:


Monday, February 24, 2020: We require applicants to complete a very brief pre-proposal form.  This is helps us prepare a streamlined proposal review and award process so selected projects can begin more quickly.

(Extended due to COVID-19) Monday, April 27, 2020: Final submission deadline. Please submit complete applications to [email protected]Please review the instructions and guidance in the RFP, and consider ATAI’s recent effort to adjust our focus to “agricultural transformation,” as detailed in the Framing Paper annex.


We ask applicants to review the RFP carefully for detailed instructions on the proposal components, evaluation criteria, and application checklist.

We look forward to yet another exceptional ATAI competition. If you have any questions or concerns after reviewing the materials, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].