Apply to Data Use Research Grant Competition

Call for proposals: 50x2030 data use grant competition - 2022


The 50x2030 Initiative is sponsoring its second competition for novel research projects that use 50x2030 data. Grants – from US$1,000-$8,000 – will be issued for projects that employ 50x2030 survey data to generate practical research that can be applied to national policymaking, program (re)design or investment decisions. The Initiative will then feature outputs of the supported research at the annual Global Data Use Conference in November 2022 and through other outlets. Currently, local researchers in six partner countries-- Cambodia, Ethiopia, Uganda, Georgia, Senegal and Tanzania are eligible to apply.


The data use competition aims to facilitate the building of evidence-informed policies for rural development and food security. Research proposals must demonstrate relevance to national policy or investment priorities for the public or private sector by citing documentation. Proposals should provide a rationale of how the research outputs could translate to improved decision-making and how dissemination plans will promote the application of the research outputs to the broadest extent possible.


In 2021, grants were awarded to eighteen research teams and/or individuals from five countries: Cambodia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Senegal, and Uganda. The results of these eighteen research projects were showcased in the inaugural 50x2030 Global Data Use Conference in December 2021.

The International Fund for Agricultural Development, which manages the Data Use component of 50x2030, will lead the selection process. Applications must:

  • provide clear research questions in line with the stated objectives of the 50x2030 Initiative and the study country’s policies and priorities,
  •  explain and provide expected relationships and documentation on how the research would inform practical policy decisions linked to rural development and food security within the study country,
  •  identify what data it will use,
  • describe the analysis methods to be used,
  • identify the target audience for the research in a manner consistent with the stated objectives of the 50x2030 Initiative,
  • provide a budget between $1000 - $8,000,
  • provide a timeline to complete the research by September 2022, and
  • lay out a print and/or online dissemination and communication strategy to promote the research output.

Interested applicants can find full details in the Call for Proposals (in English, en français) and apply by submitting the Application Form (in Egnlish, en français) along with the research project proposal, completed budget form, and curriculum vitae for each of the researchers proposes under the project. 

Call For Proposals - English

Call For Proposals - French

Application form - English

Application form - French

The window for applications will remain open until funds are exhausted or until May 31st 2022 (applicants from Tanzania can submit until June 10th 2022)—whichever occurs first. Winners will be announced on a rolling basis as awards are made starting 1 April 2022.