IPA’s Peace & Recovery (P&R) Program is designed to support field experiments and related research in several broad areas:

  • Reducing violence and promoting peace
  • Reducing "fragility" (i.e. fostering state capability and institutions of decision-making)
  • Preventing, coping with, and recovering from crises (focusing on conflict, but also including non-conflict humanitarian crises)

The program supports research at all levels: individual, group, community, and country. With support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), P&R will not only support full randomized trials, but also pilot studies, exploratory and descriptive work, travel grants, and (in rare but deserving cases) non-experimental evaluations such as regression discontinuities.

The P&R Program released its Expression of Interest Form on August 15, 2017. Expressions of Interest are due on September 15, 2017. To learn more about the EOI submission process and the overall timeline for proposals, please review the Expressions of Interest Announcement as well as the Guiding Principles and Funding Priorities for the P&R Program.

The funding for the Peace & Recovery Program will come from DFID, which has approved £12m of UK Aid to IPA and our partners at J-PAL. The funding includes an increase in support for J-PAL’s Governance Initiative and funding for new research, particularly experiments, in crime, violence, and conflict through J-PAL’s Crime and Violence Initiative and our Peace & Recovery program. DFID and J-PAL/MIT are in the final stages of negotiating an agreement for this.