Request for Proposals
Second Round

Intimate Partner Violence Initiative


The Intimate Partner Violence Initiative is issuing a second call for proposals from researchers working on randomized evaluations in low income countries. Proposals are due by July 31, 2018. Those interested in applying are asked to first read through the 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. For example, cash transfer programs or certain micro-finance programs that drastically change inter-household financial dynamics could 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 additional 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.

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 (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 a 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 Formstack link prior to July 31, 2018.