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Funding local research to help end extreme poverty

The DEEP Challenge Fund will be awarding small and medium grants to local researchers working on national poverty reduction.

Preference for awards will be given to proposals that actively engage national policy makers in the identification of research topics that address national strategy, policy and programmatic issues, and which involve policy makers in the communication and uptake of results.

Local policy and research communities help to define the scope of the Challenge Fund to ensure that commissioned research meets identified evidence gaps and supports ongoing initiatives in extreme poverty reduction that can make a difference to people’s lives.

The fund launched in Tanzania in March 2024, and grants for research in Bangladesh and Ethiopia will become available in mid-2024.

Grants will be allocated to organisations and/or individuals, following a competitive bidding process.

Find out more about current Challenge Fund countries:


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