ATAI’s 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. Agricultural transformation entails increased
inclusive access to productive assets, the translation of increased productivity into profits, the deepening of value chains, and the transitions from subsistence farming to greater commercialization or economic
diversification. We also hope to receive proposals that will help us understand how to accelerate the agricultural transformation process in ways that specifically benefit or empower women.

Latest Request for Proposals


Find the current Request for Proposals (and all supporting materials) at this link.


Deadlines and Submission Instructions

Proposals for funding consist of two stages. The required letter of intent is due by Tuesday, March 8, 2022 (5:00 pm PT), and the full proposal is due by Tuesday, April 5, 2022 (5:00 pm PT). Travel/proposal development grant applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis after this date, though we welcome early submissions where a quicker response is required (before June 2022).


Open to J-PAL and CEGA affiliated professors and all active invited researchers to any J-PAL initiative or J-PAL regional office. Applicants must have at least one eligible ATAI researcher among your research team, who commits to remaining involved in the research over its lifespan.

Graduate students advised by eligible affiliated researchers can apply for ATAI funding if their eligible affiliated adviser commits to overseeing the research. However, please note that J-PAL may limit the total amount of funding a single graduate student can receive across J-PAL initiatives for their student work.

If you have questions regarding your eligibility to participate, we welcome you to inquire by emailing us at [email protected].