Request for Proposals
Intimate Partner Violence Initiative
The Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Initiative invites proposals from researchers working on randomized evaluations for the third round of the research fund. The purpose of this research fund is to leverage existing randomized trials to generate wide-ranging insights into the underlying cause and influencing factors of the pervasive problem of intimate partner violence. This approach enables research on a broader set of interventions than have been evaluated in the past. Expanding studies of programs that target household finances, educational attainment, or other standard development outcomes can contribute knowledge of possible pathways to reduce IPV.
With this call for proposals, IPA solicits proposals from researcher teams interested in expanding their existing studies to further investigate this important topic. Proposals are due by May 17th, 2019. We particularly encourage multidisciplinary teams that include researchers from gender/IPV fields and other backgrounds. Those interested in applying are asked to first read through our funding priorities below.
In this round, the IPV Initiative will consider proposals that:
- Add IPV focused survey modules to existing studies. These are smaller grants that would fund the cost of adding IPV-focused survey modules to upcoming data collection rounds for existing studies. They are intended for research studies that are not already focused on IPV reduction, but nevertheless, are likely to have notable impacts on IPV and related outcomes. Programs targeting depression, alcohol use, family planning, intra-household bargaining, 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. These are moderately-sized grants to fund additional survey/data collection rounds focused on IPV. The types of proposals we intend to consider include, but certainly are not limited to: (1) supplemental household or spouse surveys with 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 a female entrepreneurship training program to see the effects on the intra-household dynamics or a long-term follow-up survey of a life-skills coaching program for adolescent girls 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. These are large grants that will support expanding a study by adding a treatment arm focused on reducing IPV to a randomized evaluation. Applicants can request funding for the costs of expanding the study sample and survey as well as the IPV focused intervention. Note that we have a slight preference for grants in the first two categories and only anticipate funding a large expansion to a study in the range of $250,000 or less if it is truly innovative or extraordinary.
- Add an IPV measurement tool testing component to a current or past study. These grants will support projects to improve the accuracy of IPV measurement tools. We expect most of these grants will focus on comparing methods/techniques for data collection, such as examining the different results between list experiments and self-administered tablet surveys. These grants could also support projects exploring the mechanisms behind the survey errors, including enumerator bias, respondent confusion, etc. Given the multitude of processes for calibrating and improving measurement tools, we will consider non-randomized evaluations for this type of grant. We anticipate funding 1 to 4 of these measurement-focused studies and funding will largely be based on the breadth of the primary project and scope of the measurement comparison, in the range of $25,000 to $50,000.
The IPV initiative will only accept proposals from studies that employ a randomized design (with the exception of measurement-focused studies, see guidelines). 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 (see here). We strongly encourage current and upcoming IPA projects and/or affiliated researchers to apply, though we will also consider proposals from outside sources. For the full list of eligibility criteria and terms and conditions please see the Application Guidelines.
How to Apply
Applicants should submit their completed application and all supporting materials using this link prior to May 17th, 2019.