Practical Advice on Preparing a Successful Proposal for the
Low-Cost RCT Competition

On January 21, we offered an optional 60-minute webinar for prospective applicants to the Low-Cost RCT Competition, in order to provide an overview of the competition process, Q&A, and practical advice on preparing a successful proposal. A key goal of the webinar is to attract a diverse group of qualified applicants, including researchers of color.

If you missed the live webinar but would like to view it, we invite you to do so at the linked site below by clicking “View the Webinar” below.

The webinar speakers are:

  • Jon Baron (President of the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy), who provides an overview of the competition selection criteria and process; and

    Dr. Ben Castleman (University of Virginia), the principal investigator on one of the winning studies from last year’s competition, who provides practical advice on developing a low-cost RCT.

Prior to viewing the webinar, we recommend that you download and review the Application Packet, which includes:

  • A brief concept paper on the initiative (three pages) – The Breakthrough: Low-cost RCTs are a recent innovation in policy research that can rapidly build the body of evidence about “what works” to address major social problems.
  • The Request for Proposals (RFP), inviting grant applications for the second of three annual competitions (three pages). As described in the RFP, we are accepting letters of interest from prospective applicants through February 13, 2015.

View the Webinar

For more information on the competition, including descriptions of last year’s awarded proposals, please visit the Low-Cost RCT Competition page.

The Coalition is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that is unaffiliated with any social programs. This initiative is funded through philanthropic grants to the Coalition from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Overdeck Family Foundation.