The Peace & Recovery (P&R) Program supports field experiments and related research on reducing violence and fragility, promoting peace, and preventing, managing, and recovering from crises. The program prioritizes studies that develop, illustrate, or test fundamental theories of peace, violence, and recovery, especially those that challenge common beliefs, pioneer innovative interventions, and produce evidence where little currently exists. Topics of study include:

  • International and internal wars
  • Peacebuilding 
  • State-supported violence and repression, from mass killings to police brutality
  • Electoral violence
  • Riots, protests, strikes, and other collective action (violent and nonviolent)
  • Intergroup violence, including ethnic and sectarian violence
  • Terrorism and violent extremism 
  • Forced displacement
  • “Recovery” responses after violence, conflict, natural disasters, or crises (including COVID-19)

P&R supports full randomized trials, pilot studies, exploratory and descriptive work, travel grants, and (in rare but deserving cases) non-experimental evaluations. Funding for the Peace & Recovery Competitive Fund comes from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), and the Open Society Foundations (OSF). A list of full and pilot projects P&R has funded to date can be found here.

P&R’s seventh call for proposals is now open. Proposals are due November 8, 2021.


Further information about the program's core research themes and questions can be found in our Guiding Principles and Funding Priorities. Please email with any questions.

A list of full and pilot projects P&R has funded to date can be found here.

Dates for Round VII:

September 2021: Competitive round announced
November 8, 2021: Full proposal submission deadline
February 2022: Awards announced