3ie funds impact evaluations and systematic

3ie funds impact evaluations and systematic reviews of social and economic development interventions in low-and middle-income countries.

We offer different kinds of grant windows to fund research that helps us build a body of evidence and understand what works, why and under what circumstances in particular sectors and sub-sectors.

3ie requests expressions of interest under its new Development Priorities Window (DPW) for rigorous and policy-relevant impact evaluations in any of these four sectors: environment, governance, infrastructure and public finance.

The aim of 3ie’s first development priorities funding window is to fill the evidence gaps in sectors where high-quality evidence is scarce. These four sectors targeted in this first development priorities window (DPW1) are intrinsically linked to the sustainable development goals (SDGs). 3ie aims to make 18 awards of up to a total value of US$7.5 million under this window.

Interested applicants must submit expressions of interests and provide short descriptions of proposed impact evaluations in an initial expression of interest. These impact evaluations must evaluate policies or programmes in a low- or middle-income country. 3ie will request teams whose expressions of interests are selected to submit a full impact evaluation proposal.

At a glance

  • Proposed impact evaluations must be of environment, governance, infrastructure or public finance policies or programmes in low- or middle-income countries. Multi-country applications are eligible, so long as all countries are listed as low- or middle-income countries.
  • The proposed impact evaluation design must meet 3ie’s definition of rigorous impact evaluation. These include a clear theory of change, a strong identification design and the use of mixed methods. 
  • To be eligible, evaluation teams must include nationals of the country in which the study is being implemented. Key national staff must hold passports of the country being studied, should be resident in the country at the time of application and should be working for an organisation that is registered in that country. They must be engaged in substantive tasks in all stages of the study: design, analysis, writing, stakeholder engagement and research communication for evidence uptake in policy and practice.
  • Only legally registered organisations, and consortia of registered organisations not individuals, may apply. The applicant organisation must be able to sign the 3ie grant agreement, which is available on the How to Apply page.
  • Organisations may submit more than one EOI and may be included on more than one EOI. They should, however, have the capacity to implement any and all grants awarded to them under the window.
  • Researchers may be included in multiple EOI applications, but must indicate in writing that they are available and able to carry out fully all of the stated time commitments concurrently in the case of multiple awards.
  • The EOI and the subsequent completed proposal form must be submitted through 3ie’s online Grant Management System, and will not be accepted by any other means.

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