The EGAP network, like everyone else, is grappling with the rapid spread of COVID-19, and this has led us to look for ways that social science can contribute to our understanding of best responses to this pandemic as well as its consequences for a wide range of outcomes. EGAP is particularly well placed to provide insights from our members’ research on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on governance and how governance-related factors moderate the effects of COVID-19 across multiple regions and subregions of the planet. To this end, EGAP will launch an RFP for small grants to support Global South-based researchers in partnership with the EGAP network pursuing new insights.
The EGAP network is soliciting proposals for quantitative field studies that address two topics relating to the COVID-19 pandemic:
- the role of political conditions in enabling or preventing effective societal responses to the COVID-19 pandemic;
- the way the COVID-19 pandemic, and its associated economic, social, and psychological stresses, is affecting different dimensions of elections around the globe.
Our goal is to fund 10 grants of up to $10,000 each to teams led by principal investigators from the Global South. A critical feature of the grant is that it seeks to fund quantitative research (e.g., surveys, field experiments, or large-N analysis of administrative data) in the Global South that may lead to an accumulated understanding of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in both these areas of study.
For studies relating to the first topic, we invite proposals that explore how political conditions have (1) affected governments’ responses to the pandemic, (2) exacerbated or mitigated the extent to which the pandemic’s effects have been unequally felt, and (3) enabled or prevented communities who have suffered disproportionately from being able to find redress.
For studies relating to the area of elections, we invite proposals that address questions relating to how the COVID-19 pandemic affects (1) the administration, participation, and outcome of elections; (2) the manner in which governments respond to the pandemic within the context of elections; (3) implications of the pandemic on government accountability and legitimacy; and (4) potential strategies for mitigating the negative effects of the pandemic on elections.