Global, Interdisciplinary and Comparative Research


The Gobal Research Program (GRP) is composed of large-scale, high-caliber studies where junior and mid-career researchers team up with more senior scholars. As part of the program, 12 to 15 case studies are conducted simultaneously. This translates into at least, an equal number of countries with a good regional balance to explain different elements of one of the priority research areas set by GDN and its partners through a comprehensive, interdisciplinary and comparative approach.

The program allows peer review and cross-fertilization between more experienced scholars and junior researchers working together on the same project to generate outstanding research and, in many cases, create new datasets that can be used for further research.

Target Participants

GDN creates multidisciplinary research teams where the principal investigators are mid-career researchers with experience in research project leadership, possess links to other academics and policymakers in their own countries, and have demonstrated potential for capacity building.

The team also includes junior researchers from previous phases of GDN’s research program. Overall, a typical global study mobilizes approximately, 45 researchers in 15 multidisciplinary teams of three researchers each.

Structure and Design

Research Topic/Question
Each GRP is based on one of the priority policy research areas from GDN’s Global Research Agenda, and is defined in coordination with the latest Global Research Competition rounds and the upcoming Annual Global Development Conference.

Research Activities
Every GRP involves 12 to 15 case studies with interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary research collaborations. By definition, research is inter-regional/global with a good regional balance.

All participants benefit from intensive mentoring throughout the grant performance period, from inception to completion. The mentoring responsibility within each research team lies with a senior scholar who is appointed by GDN.

Training in Research Communications
Extensive training and mentoring in research communications is provided by GDNet at different stages of each GRP to ensure widespread research dissemination and effective outreach to both academic and policy audiences. The technical support in research communications has a strong thematic focus to better serve the specific needs of each GRP.

Deliverables and Dissemination
Each GRP delivers a series of working papers to stimulate discussion and feedback from peers during the course of the project. Upon completion, the following are prepared and compiled to broadcast outcomes:

(1) A detailed report;
(2) Any primary data specifically collected for the project;
(3) Peer-reviewed journal publications and/or edited volumes;
(4) Policy briefs in both English and local languages;
(5) Presentation of research results at the Annual Global Development Conference; and
(6) Participation in other dissemination initiatives as appropriate, i.e. book launches, films, press releases.

Project Timeline

The GRP grant performance period is two-and-a-half to three years. The net project budget will depend on the number of case studies, with an average of US$ 70,000, per case study. The total GRP budget is estimated at US$ 2.1 million per project.

For further information contact Mansoor Ali Sait, Projects and Grants Administrator

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