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2014 Call for Impact Evaluation Proposals on Early Childhood Development: Promoting the Cognitive and Socio-Emotional Development of Children Ages 3-6

Grants to USA & International Research Teams to Evaluate Early Childhood Education in Low-Income Countries

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Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF), a trust fund at the World Bank; with funding by the British Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) and London-based Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)

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Deadline Date:

01/30/15 6:00 PM EST


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Grants of up to $25,000 to USA and international evaluation research teams for rigorous impact evaluations of new or ongoing early childhood development programs in low-income countries. Applicants must submit inquiries to funding source staff by December 15 for consideration. Research will also address the longitudinal impact evaluation follow-ups of early childhood development programs.

While the call is focused on the impact of programs for low-income countries, research in middle-income countries will be considered as long as results will be clearly relevant to low-income countries. Specifically, SIEF is interested in innovative proposals that will inform the following question:

Which early childhood programs – whether a single intervention or a combination of interventions – improve the cognitive and socio-emotional development of young children, especially ages three to six, including their readiness for school; and how can these programs be delivered at scale in low- income countries?

SIEF is interested specifically in impact evaluations of programs that:

-Aim to improve understanding of the types of policies, programs, and mechanisms that are effective in improving early childhood development outcomes in low-income countries.

-Focus on poor populations from middle-income countries if results will be relevant to low-income countries.

-Focus on fragile and conflict affected states.

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GrantWatch ID#: 149287

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed by December 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Impact evaluation research teams from around the world are eligible.

Programs to be evaluated can be government or non-governmental.

No prior affiliation with the World Bank or the funding organizations is needed.

Pre-Application Information:

To submit an application, the impact evaluation team must partner with a World Bank staff member who will, if the application is successful, manage the SIEF grant and provide fiduciary responsibility. The World Bank staff member can also act as an investigator on the project and support policy outreach. The application must be submitted electronically by the partnering World Bank staff member (TTL).

To identify potential World Bank TTLs, we encourage interested researchers to reach out to World Bank staff in the country office where the evaluation will takes place. Working relationships at the country level are key for the success of the research projects. Interested applicants can also liaise with sector and regional colleagues at the World Bank.

The SIEF team welcomes inquiries from impact evaluation teams seeking assistance to identify a World Bank staff member (TTL) to partner with. To enable sufficient time, inquiries must be received by December 15, 2015.

The application process is a two-step process. The first stage requires completing the online SIEF Application Form and submitting a completed Evaluation Budget Template by email by 6:00 PM (EST) January 30, 2015.

Submit an application online here:

-30 January 2015: Applications must be submitted via the online portal by 6:00 PM (EST)
-16 March 2015: Seed-funding recipients will be announced
-1 June 2015: Final deadline for submission of full technical proposals. Early submissions welcome.
-June 2015 – September 2015: Winners announced
-31 December 2019 – Closing date for all evaluations. All funded impact evaluations must have final results complete by this date.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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