Call for Proposals
Research Grants on Women, Victimization, and COVID-19

The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), with the generous support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, seeks to advance understanding of women’s role in the economy by supporting early-stage research projects. The NBER is offering approximately four research grants of $20,000 each to support projects related to women, victimization, and domestic violence, with particular emphasis on the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Research projects that focus on both developing and developed nations are welcome. Grant funds may be used to cover costs associated with travel, data acquisition, and other research expenses. They may not be used to cover salary for project investigators. The grant term in each case will be from June 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

Applications, consisting of a research proposal of no more than three pages, an itemized budget, and a brief (three-page maximum) curriculum vitae for the principal investigator(s), should be compiled into a single PDF file and uploaded to:

Applicants must be current affiliates of an academic institution. Applications from doctoral and post-doctoral students should include a one-page letter of recommendation from a senior researcher, such as a dissertation advisor, who is knowledgeable about the project. When a substantial part of the grant request will be used for data collection or production, grant recipients are encouraged to make the resulting data publicly available to the extent possible, for example within the limits of confidentiality agreements, and to discuss this possibility in the proposal.

Applications are especially welcome from untenured faculty members, and post-doctoral and advanced doctoral students, from researchers with and without NBER affiliations, and from researchers who are members of groups that are under-represented in economics.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm EDT on Monday May 11, 2020. They will be evaluated by a review committee that includes Claudia Goldin (Harvard University and NBER), Seema Jayachandran (Northwestern University and NBER), and Claudia Olivetti (Dartmouth College and NBER). Decisions will be announced by June 1, 2020.

Grantees will be expected to provide a summary of research work completed by May 31, 2021, and are encouraged to submit a paper based on their project for potential presentation at a meeting of the NBER Study Group on Women in the Economy in 2021.

Please direct any questions to Denis Healy at
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