Request for Proposals

Intimate Partner Violence Initiative


Deadline: Proposals accepted on a rolling basis until June 30, 2017 or until all funding is committed.

The Intimate Partner Violence Initiative, a joint program of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC), invites proposals from researchers working on randomized evaluations in related fields to conduct rigorous research to help expand the evidence base on what works in reducing intimate partner violence in low income countries.

Globally, violence against women is a leading cause of premature death and morbidity for women. Almost one-third of women report experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV) or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their life, and nearly 40 percent of all homicides of women are committed by an intimate partner. In order to accelerate the generation of evidence on pathways to mitigate IPV, the IPV initiative seeks to build on existing randomized evaluations by integrating additional components on IPV and related outcomes. We are specifically interested in additions to randomized evaluations where the intervention being studied is not centered on IPV prevention, but likely has a positive or negative effect on IPV outcomes (for example: studies focused on female empowerment, family planning, education and life skills training, socio-emotional development, household economic growth, cash transfers, etc.).  

As part of the broader initiative, we also invite proposals that seek to improve the measurement of IPV and related outcomes like women’s agency, decision-making, inter-household bargaining and time use. It is expected that successful candidates for measurement-related work will coordinate closely with IPA and IRC staff to ensure that instruments and measures match the measurement priorities of the field.

All successful candidates will receive guidance from the Initiative about emerging best practices and the ethical conduct of violence research.

We encourage proposals that:

  • Add IPV focused survey modules to existing studies. We anticipate that smaller grants would fund the cost of adding additional IPV focused survey modules to studies currently underway. We would target the numerous programs and research studies that are not directly focused on IPV, but likely have notable impacts on IPV outcomes. Even though these programs may impact IPV, these outcomes are not measured in the study so we lack insight in what are some of the likely mechanisms underlying IPV. For example, programs like cash transfers or certain micro-finance programs that drastically change the inter-household financial dynamics can also add to, or relieve, inter-household tension that can be a trigger for IPV. Programs targeting depression, alcohol use, family planning, and personal development could be examples of areas to explore. We anticipate funding between 4 to 6 additions to planned survey rounds totaling between $25,000 and $50,000.
  • Add IPV focused survey rounds to current or past studies. We also anticipate funding additional survey rounds focused on IPV. The types of additional survey rounds we would consider include, but are certainly not limited to, (1) supplemental household or spouse surveys with related respondents that are not part of the original data collection plan, (2) a long term follow-up survey of concluded study, and (3) cases where it is important to separate any IPV data collection from the primary study. Examples of this could include a supplemental household/spouse survey for female entrepreneurship training study to see the effects on the intra-household dynamics, or a long term follow-up survey for an adolescent girls life skills coaching to understand the effect on partner selection. We anticipate funding between 1 to 2 additions in this category, totaling between $50,000 and $125,000 each.
  • Add an IPV targeted treatment arm to an existing study. We anticipate dispersing one larger grant that will support expanding a study by adding a treatment arm focused on reducing IPV to an existing or upcoming randomized evaluation. Applicants can request funding for the costs of expanding the study sample and survey as well as the IPV focused intervention.  We anticipate funding 1 large expansion to a study in the range of $250,000 or less.

Eligibility Criteria

The IPV initiative will only accept proposals from studies that employ a randomized design. We will not provide pilot or start-up funds, so at minimum the study should have already received an award notification from a primary funder before applying. All awardees are expected to coordinate with the IPV initiative on the selection of survey modules and reporting of IPV-related results. Studies must also be willing to accommodate all best practices for ethical research of IPV (Note: initiative staff will closely support awardees with this). We strongly encourage current and upcoming IPA projects and/or affiliated researchers to apply, though we will also consider proposals from outside sources.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit their original project proposal plus the supplemental application form attached to this page.

Applications should be submitted via email to