The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) is pleased to announce the 2019 Psychology and Economics of Poverty (PEP) Seed Funding competition. Grant funding is supported by CEGA’s Psychology and Economics of Poverty (PEP) Initiative, bringing together psychologists and economists to better understand how poverty affects cognition, mental health, reproductive health, and early childhood development. 

CEGA will offer $1,000-$5,000 awards to support original research led by UC Berkeley PhD students or PhD students working at other institutions with CEGA-affiliated faculty members

Priority will be given to exploratory research that is related, but not limited, to the following areas of focus:

  • How poverty impacts cognitive load, decision-making, social cognition, mental health, aspirations, and economic and/or health outcomes 
  • How the experience of poverty affects belief formation, the relevance of belief-based utility, and the role of the psychological immune system
  • The psychological consequences of resource stability or volatility
  • The influence of cultural context and social norms on outcomes related to the above topics 

We encourage interdisciplinary projects and welcome pairs/teams of students to apply for funding together. 

Priority will be given to projects with a focus on low- and middle- income countries, although proposals focused on the US and other high-income countries will be considered. Grants may be used for scoping and/or short-term fieldwork, with funds being used to cover travel and lodging, data collection, or data analysis. Grant funds may not be used for student stipends.

Deadline: October 25, 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

Doctoral students at UC Berkeley or any other CEGA-affiliated campus are eligible to apply. 

Each application must include a nomination from a CEGA-affiliated faculty sponsor. The nomination should be emailed to Kristina Hallez ( by the submission deadline (simply stating "I have reviewed the proposed research and agree to nominate the applicant for this award"). 

Application Process:

Please complete the Application Form. Applications should be no more than two pages, describe the research to be conducted, and include a budget. All materials should be submitted in a single PDF file using the online platform “Submittable”:

Please email Kristina Hallez ( with any inquiries.

The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) will hold its 8th Annual Meeting at UC Berkeley on December 11, 2019.  The meeting will bring together actors from academia, scholarly publishing, and policy to share knowledge and discuss the evolving movement for research transparency and efforts to strengthen the standards of openness and integrity in the social sciences.

This Call is for papers on meta-scientific work, including but not limited to work that assesses scientific practice, evaluates the credibility of bodies of social science literature, presents new tools or strategies to improve research transparency and reproducibility, or evaluates the effectiveness of existing tools. A committee of reviewers will select papers to be presented and discussed. Topics for papers may include:

  • Pre-registration and the use of pre-analysis plans;
  • Disclosure and transparent reporting;
  • Replicability and reproducibility;
  • Data sharing;
  • Methods for detecting and reducing publication bias or data mining;
  • Meta-analysis;
  • Assessment of the validity or reproducibility of literature.

Papers or long abstracts must be submitted by Sunday, October 20 (11:59 PM Pacific Time). A limited amount of travel support is available for presenters (please indicate this in your submission form). Eligible submissions include both completed papers and works in progress.

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