Funding Opportunity: Small Grants to Support Research in Family Planning

MEASURE Evaluation is pleased to announce a request for applications for its small grants program to increase the evidence base in routine health information systems (RHIS) in family planning (FP). The three primary objectives of this program are:

  1. To build research capacity among local agencies;
  2. To address research gaps in routine health information for FP to inform policy and programmatic decision-making; and
  3. To increase use of research findings by providing an opportunity for the data to be disseminated to and used by local stakeholders.

The small grants are intended to support primary and secondary data analysis – especially national and sub-national program or policy evaluation – and data use activities based on research findings. Small grant recipients are expected to produce a publishable manuscript and complete a data use activity.


Eligible candidates include country or regional academic institutions or centers, non-profit and for-profit research organizations, parastatals, and research-focused NGOs. All candidates must be from a USAID FP priority country (see below) and be seeking to build their research and/or data use capacity.

Eligible research proposals will use appropriate and rigorous methods to respond to a question of interest to stakeholders in the country or region being studied. Eligible proposals should be comprised of a team of at least three people, submitted on behalf of an NGO, university, etc. and  have previous research experience. 

Small Grants Awards

The base amount for a small grant is US$10,000, which is intended to cover basic research expenses for a twelve-month timeline. The total amount of the approved sub-grant will be based on proposed budgets and is expected to reflect realistic data collection and analysis activities.  Anticipated data use and dissemination activities should be included in the proposed budget.  Travel to an international conference to present the research findings may not be requested.

Funds will be paid in three installments: at the onset of the proposed study, after receipt of the first draft of a working paper, and after completion of the final working paper and other products related to the use of the findings (bulletins, action plans using the findings, etc.).

MEASURE Evaluation will assign technical staff to provide assistance for data analysis, editing drafts, and/or data utilization, as needed. 

Application Procedure

To apply, please submit the following in English:

  • brief cover letter;
  • concept paper (3-4 pages) clearly summarizing the background/context, research question(s), scope of analysis, description of dataset, and proposed data use activities;
  • illustrative budget; and
  • curriculum vitae of key personnel.

Concept papers are due by January 23, 2015. All candidates will be notified by February 28, 2015. Short-listed candidates will then be requested to submit a detailed research proposal (5-10 pages) with the following sections – introduction, background, research question(s), data collection/methodology, analysis, plan for using findings to inform programmatic and/or policy decision-making, composition of research team, description of how the sub-grant will build research capacity, and detailed budget. Selected candidates will be required to submit proof of institutional or country ethics review and approval, if applicable.

USAID FP Priority Countries

Small grants will be awarded to applicants from the following USAID FP/reproductive health priority countries:







Democratic Republic of Congo















South Sudan



Contact Information

Please send inquiries and applications to:

Bridgit Adamou, Research Associate
MEASURE Evaluation
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Tel: (001) 919-445-0409

Find more about the selection process and suggested topics here.