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Intimate Partner Violence Initiative

November 17, 2023

The Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Initiative invites proposals from researchers to expand on planned or ongoing randomized trials for the fifth round of the IPV research fund. The purpose of this request for proposals is to leverage existing research studies to advance our understanding of the underlying factors contributing to intimate partner violence and provide insights into what policies and programs can reduce IPV. Please read our application guidelines for more information about this request for proposals and the required submission materials.

Globally, violence against women is a leading cause of premature death and morbidity for women. Almost one-third of women report experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV) at some point in their life, and nearly 40 percent of all homicides of women are committed by an intimate partner. Given the pervasive and complex nature of the problem, a wide range of social, economic, and psychological factors can drive changes in violence among intimate partners. Many of the factors that may shift IPV can be influenced by a range of development programs, government programs, or societal changes. However, what policies and program components that can reduce IPV, and why these changes may occur, is not well understood.

The IPA IPV Research Initiative seeks to inform global development policy and practice through expanding and improving the scientific evidence on pathways to mitigate IPV. By building on existing studies, the IPV Research Initiative aims to generate insights on the types of development programs that shift IPV outcomes and what factors drive these changes. Thematically, there is particular interest in studying increased women’s economic productivity and labor market engagement; “plus” components of livelihoods programs; socio-emotional and relationship skills development; family planning; adolescent mentorship and soft skills training programs; and programs that engage men in a way which could possibly reduce perpetration. However, we are open to consider a broader range of interventions so long as the research studies are ethically designed and there is a plausible theoretical basis for why we would expect to see changes in IPV based on the intervention. Examples of projects that received funding in previous rounds can be found here.

With this call for proposals, IPA solicits proposals from research teams interested in expanding their existing studies to further investigate this important topic. In most cases, we expect to fund studies in which the intervention was not originally intended to target IPV, and the measurement of IPV outcomes were not part of the original study design. However, we will consider funding for the expansion of studies already focused on IPV where there is a unique opportunity to add novel insights. Examples of projects that received funding in previous rounds can be found here.

Proposals are due by 11:59 pm EST November 17th, 2023. We particularly encourage multidisciplinary teams that include researchers that are from the countries where the field research occurs and includes researchers with expertise in gender or GBV research. Those interested in applying are asked to first read through our funding priorities below.

Intimate Partner Violence Initiative