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Request for Proposals from Stanford Faculty for capacity building and policy engagement

Request for Proposals from Stanford Faculty

Issued by Stanford King Center on Global Development

Revised: September, 2019


The Stanford King Center on Global Development is a Stanford University research center working to improve the lives of the world’s poor. We stimulate and support research, inspire students, and collaborate with thought leaders and influencers to make a real-world impact.

The center invites proposals from Stanford faculty for capacity building and policy engagement activities that support academics, government officials, or other policymakers in low- and middle-income countries. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis.

RFP scope

Proposals may request up to $10,000 in support of a variety of activities, such as:

  • Collaborative work with policy or practice partners external to Stanford or at Stanford
  • Dissemination of materials to policymakers, e.g., production of materials or workshop with local counterparts
  • In-country capacity building workshops at local universities or government ministries

Proposals may be for incremental costs associated with adding a capacity building or policy engagement component to an existing research trip or project, or for a free-standing activity.

Proposal submission, review, and award process

In the proposal, please include:

  1. a brief explanation of the academic and policy context of the proposed activity
  2. a statement of significance of the proposed activity
  3. details regarding the expected audience for the activity
  4. a description of the role played by each faculty member involved
  5. a budget (including any available co-financing and whether the additional funding has been secured or is being sought); please note that due to center policy, no honorariums can be paid from center funds
  6. an indication of your willingness to produce a one page ‘press release’ on the activity for the center’s website
  • The proposal is subject to a two-page limit with fonts no smaller than 11 point.
  • The budget and budget justification are limited to one additional page.
  • Each faculty organizer should also submit a CV.

Please note that the primary applicants must be Stanford faculty members.

Proposals should be submitted via email to Proposals must be selfcontained with no links to additional information.

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis by a small committee appointed by the center’s Faculty Steering Committee. Committee members who submit a proposal will recuse themselves from discussions of their own submissions.

It is anticipated that funding decisions based on this solicitation will be announced within two weeks of proposal submission.


For questions please contact Executive Director Jessica Leino at