Request for research proposals
Enterprise development for job creation, Public revenue mobilization, and Structural transformation and inequality

The United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), together with the National Treasury of South Africa (NT), is requesting research proposals under the second phase of the Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED) programme. Papers generated under this Request for Research Proposals (RfRP) will be published as part of the workstreams on enterprise development for job creation, public revenue mobilization, or structural transformation and inequality. Submission deadline: 10 October 2022, 23:59 UTC+3.

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United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), together with its partners, now invites research proposals for the second phase of the Southern Africa Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED) programme.

Offer and expectations

UNU-WIDER and NT invite proposals from qualified researchers for high-quality economic research papers examining the questions as outlined above. Papers that pass initial screening will be considered for publication under UNU-WIDER copyright as an SA-TIED research paper and possibly also in the WIDER Working Paper Series. The working papers need to be written in English and limited to 10,000 words or less (inclusive of text, tables, figures, footnotes, references, etc. — further information is found here). Papers may use either theoretical or empirical approaches.

Proposals from individuals (or groups of individuals) as well as non-profit organizations are welcome. Applications from women and South African researchers are particularly encouraged. Proposals may address one or more of the research questions.

Read the full announcement for more information.

Dates (UTC+3)
15 August 2022 launch of request for research proposals
29 August 2022 deadline on questions on the proposal process
10 October 2022 proposal submission deadline
10 November 2022 target date for informing on funding decisions
28 February 2023 target date for submission of first drafts of papers
February/March 2023 target date for work-in-progress workshop
August 2023 target date for submission of final draft papers and a one-page summary of key findings

*Knowledge-sharing events will be planned subsequently.

Proposal submission procedure

Submission of proposals is done electronically by using the online form on the RFRP announcement page. There are three forms to select from: one for individuals, another for groups of individuals, and a third for non-profit organizations. Please familiarize yourself with the form in advance.

Any questions on the proposal process should be sent to by 29 August 2022. All queries and responses will be published on the RfRP announcement page. Selected answers will be updated on a rolling basis.

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