CGP Round 2 Award Summaries and Radio Programs

In summer 2013, the Competitive Grants Program entered an exciting second stage. Interim reports have been received from the first round awardees; they have been externally reviewed under RAC coordination, and the reviews have been returned to grant awardees for development of their final project reports. Second round projects are well under way and the Competitive Grants Program is already seeing some promising results from the research done.  The second round awardees will submit interim reports on their projects this fall.

Round 2 awards

After an extensive proposal and review process of project applicants, the Competitive Grants Program within the PSSP held its second awards ceremony in April 19, 2013. The ceremony was held at the Marriott in Islamabad and was well attended by PSSP leadership, Pakistani officials, award recipients, and many other honored guests. At the ceremony, 20 applicants were awarded grants to conduct policy research on important topics concerning Pakistan’s economic development.

Grants underway cover a wide range of policy issues including three projects on entrepreneurship, four projects on agricultural markets and policy, four regarding governance policies, five regarding markets trade and growth, and three grants awarded to projects proposed by Pakistani researchers currently studying or based internationally.

Please find the link below to a description of the research projects receiving awards:

CGP round 2 project summaries

The Competitive Grants Program is excited about these new research projects and looks forward to working with the awardees to achieve their goals.

Radio programs

Radio talk shows were aired in May of 2013 highlighting some of the important research which these grants are funding. These radio programs were organized in collaboration with FM 101 and USAID. A portion of Round 2 awardees were featured, coming on the program to discuss their research and stir debate about the policy areas where they are working. Please find the link below to the full radio broadcast.

CGP radio broadcast 


(This post was authored by Mr. Andrew Comstack)