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This research is intended to be action-oriented research, embedded in or linked to practice, and the basis of ongoing learning to inform OGP commitment and process design and/or scale up. This approach will deepen policy dialogue with directly relevant evidence on the “how to” question and will provide learning for co-creation and implementation. It can include new methods and methodologies for understanding the impact of gender on these issues, research to influence policy, action research on the application and scalability of gender-focused technological innovations within OGP processes, or other innovative techniques designed to support advocacy around gender and open government.  

The results are expected to have wider relevance and feed into OGP guidance and support for Open Government partners. Key primary research users will be in-country OGP multistakeholder forum leaders from both government and civil society; the OGP steering committee; and the Support Unit. Proposals must demonstrate that research will have clear impact pathways and be user-driven, with potential research-users identified and engaged in project development and implementation. Potential research-users include a wide variety of governments, multinational bodies, civil society and non-academic entities, all of whom can adopt, adapt, and bring to scale the research results or innovations.  

The work should be grounded in specific contexts including in Global South contexts. Countries should be selected from the list of active OGP national and local governments (see FAQ).  

Thematic areas of interest include:

  • Anti-corruption: open contracting; natural resources; money in politics; and beneficial ownership transparency.
  • Public service reform: health and nutrition; education; water; and infrastructure
  • Civic space/enabling environment
  • Marginalized communities

Who Can Apply?
An institution or a consortium of institutions that have a strong presence in OGP countries, and with the following qualifications are invited to submit a concept note:  

  • Type of organization: Proposed research can be carried out by a research institution, research consortia or an NGO/implementing partner with strong research capacity. Philanthropic and bilateral aid donors, UN entities, multilateral organizations, and independent research teams are not eligible to apply for this call.   
  • Collaboration: Research consortia should have a demonstrable South-South or North-South collaboration, whichever the case may be. Priority will be given to consortia with a Southern institution lead, and regional diversity will be considered among the final selection criteria across grants.
  • Countries of research focus: Proposed research must be carried out in one or more countries or localities in the Open Government Partnership. Priority will be given to those who analyze multiple countries, and those with a focus on Global South countries.
  • Please note, countries may be subject to additional clearance.

Project Timeline and Budget  

Projects are expected to commence in the first quarter of 2019 and should be completed within a timeframe not exceeding 12 months, including all research, dissemination, and final reporting.

A notional project timeline includes:

  • Grants awarded, research commences – January 2019  
  • Mid-project findings due – Early May 2019
  • Potential research presentation at OGP Summit in Ottawa – May 2019
  • Projects due – August 2019
  • Final report due – September 2019

Applicants must provide a preliminary budget summary. The Feminist Open Government Initiative expects to award up to 8 awards, with funding between $20,000 USD - $50,000 USD per grant.


Projects under the Feminist Open Government should be action-oriented, advancing an evidence-based understanding of the intersections between women and girls and open government reform processes. We encourage projects to consider a mixed methods approach, leveraging participatory, feminist methods where relevant. While we do not expect proposals to include exclusively quantitative approaches to what is admittedly exploratory observational research, we do expect successful proposals to include a clear articulation of the following:

  • Key research questions being pursued
  • Initial hypotheses for those research questions
  • The research methods being proposed to validate or debunk those hypotheses, and a rationale for those methods’ selection vis a vis other possible research methods

In addition, we are not interested in proposals that rely exclusively on key informant-driven case studies, as these methods are being relied upon in FOGO’s ongoing, parallel mapping research initiative currently being carried out by partners from the Open Data for Development network. We are looking for a different mix of methods (including process tracing, standardized coding of qualitative interviews and/or data sources, and/or quasi-experimental methods) with this open call.

Priority will be given to projects that apply an intersectional approach, taking into account the different experiences and access of citizens across ethnic, religious, racial, urban/rural, economic, and sexual orientation lenses.  

Applicants should detail their expected methodology in the proposal.