Call for research proposals: Tax and development in South Asia


The ICTD has successfully built up a large and effective policy-oriented research programme related to tax and development in sub-Saharan Africa. We now have resources to extend our activities to South Asia. We are therefore calling for new research proposals on tax and development in South Asia. We are open to high quality proposals on any dimension of the topic, and from any social science discipline.

However, we particularly welcome proposals that:

  1. Address issues of equity in revenue raising.
  2. Are based on strong collaboration between researchers and the staff of revenue-collecting agencies.
  3. Contribute visibly to building research capacity in South Asia.

We also welcome proposals from researchers and officials within tax administrations that will help build research capacity and foster collaborations with external scholars.

There is no deadline. We will accept proposals on a rolling basis. Research grants can be small or large, based on the scale of the project proposed and the research methodology. Research projects can also be long-term. The value of research grants to researchers who have not worked with ICTD before will typically be in the range of £5,000-£30,000. We are willing to give small research preparation grants if this seems appropriate.

Submit your proposal via this form. For further guidance on preparing a research proposal and how we contract research projects, see here.

Please note: Due to the unprecedented challenges and risks posed by the global COVID-19 pandemic, we are not funding new research projects anywhere that involve face-to-face interactions (i.e. surveys, interviews, focus group discussions) at this time. This reflects both immediate health risks and a desire to avoid initiating new activities that are at high risk of being disrupted in the case of further spread of COVID-19.

We nevertheless strongly encourage researchers to submit proposals for project preparation grants, which may fund preparatory desk-based research in support of a broader research project that may be undertaken at an undetermined later date. Likewise, we encourage researchers to submit proposals to analyse data that they already have available to them or to collect data that does not involve face-to-face interactions. 

We will regularly review this policy. Please send any queries relating to this call to