CEGA’s Targeting Aid Better ("Targeting") initiative will  competitively award grants of $25,000 - $100,000 to teams of researchers and government/NGO partners to deploy and test innovative approaches to targeting humanitarian aid and social protection in low- and middle-income countries, especially in the wake of COVID-19. CEGA will prioritize projects that leverage new types of data (e.g., mobile phone or satellite data); use existing data (e.g., administrative records) in novel ways; develop non-traditional targeting approaches (e.g., machine learning); or otherwise build on evidence about innovative and scalable approaches to targeting. Projects funded under this RFP should directly support a government or NGO partner in targeting humanitarian aid or social protection. Funded projects need not include an RCT-based impact evaluation, but we do expect projects to rigorously evaluate and document the effectiveness of the novel approach relative to more traditional methods.  

Who is eligible: The Targeting Initiative invites proposals from qualified academic and non-academic researchers of any affiliation. PhD candidates and postdoctoral scholars may join a proposal as long as a faculty member or senior researcher serves as the lead principal investigator (PI). All applications must be submitted jointly with a government or NGO partner, with a Letter of Commitment from the partner describing the nature of the collaboration.

To Apply: Please carefully review the full-length RFP before preparing your submission package. Submit your application here by 5:00 pm PDT on October 30, 2020.

Questions? Please send any questions you have about the RFP or the submission process to Anya Marchenko at amarchenko@berkeley.edu by Friday, October 2nd. We will post responses to all questions publicly on our website by Friday, October 9th. 

The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) is the West Coast hub for research on global development. Headquartered at UC Berkeley, CEGA’s large, interdisciplinary research network—including a growing number of scholars from low- and middle-income countries—identifies and tests innovations designed to reduce poverty and promote development. Our researchers use rigorous methods as well as novel measurement tools—including wireless sensors, mobile data, and analytics—to evaluate complex programs. Through careful matchmaking, competitive grantmaking, and research dissemination, CEGA ensures that the research we produce is relevant, timely, and actionable to policymakers.

CEGA seeks a part-time (ad hoc) web developer (independent contractor) to support reorganization and reformatting upgrades as well as regular maintenance for a series of websites managed by the Center—including the main CEGA website and several independent websites (Faculty Director Edward Miguel’s personal website, Agriculture Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI), Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS), Cost Transparency, others). The developer will provide support as needed and work directly with CEGA’s Director of Operations and select Program staff to conceptualize upgrades, implement them, troubleshoot outstanding issues, and provide routine maintenance and security support. Example projects range from developing new navigation categories (taxonomies), to transferring a custom CMS to Wordpress, to addressing basic formatting issues, to supporting navigability/accessibility enhancements. 

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a dynamic organization and several unique projects. We seek a contractor who can make a one year commitment.


  • Migrate one existing website (custom CMS) to Wordpress and build a new website based on team needs.
  • Advise on technical requirements and limitations for webpage/website (re)mapping and high-level design.
  • Advise on UX, including webpage/website mapping (wireframing) and implement changes.
  • Provide ongoing, basic technical support and feature modifications, including testing and debugging websites, troubleshooting occasional glitches, adjustments to UI design and formatting. Examples include improvements to related content sections of Wordpress taxonomies and enhanced search functionality.
  • Support website navigability and accessibility, including for users with disabilities and slower internet access (load times).
  • General maintenance and plugin updates including implementing security and automated backup protocol, and maintaining backups (as needed).
  • Support integration of objects such as shinyapps and scrollytelling platforms.

Required Qualifications

The developer should have expertise in:

  • Wordpress
  • Git-based deployment, HTML, CSS, and PHP
  • Creating and working with relational databases
  • User Interface (UI) design
  • Developing custom forms
  • Website security and ability to reliably backup website data
  • Ability to connect remotely during Pacific time business hours
  • Strong communication skills; ability to effectively translate technical content to a lay audience
  • Ability to quickly and efficiently address technical issues

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience using the WordPress plugin Advanced Custom Fields (strongly preferred)
  • Experience developing web platforms to support scientific research
  • Experience using project management platforms like Trello or Asana
  • Knowledge of R

Application Requirements 

Please submit a resume and 1-page max cover letter outlining your specific skills and fit for this role on CEGA's Submittable page.

The first review of applications is on October 1, 2020. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis thereafter. 

Call for Papers for the 9th BITSS Annual Meeting

The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) will hold its 9th Annual Meeting on January 7-8, 2021. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this will be a fully virtual event and the program will run between 8 am and 12 pm PT.

The BITSS Annual Meeting brings together actors from academia, scholarly publishing, and policy to share novel research and discuss efforts to improve the credibility of social science by advancing research transparency, reproducibility, rigor, and ethics.


We invite papers or long abstracts (250-500 words) in all aspects of meta-science, 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. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Pre-registration and the use of pre-analysis plans;
  • Disclosure and transparent reporting;
  • Ethical research;
  • Replicability and reproducibility;
  • Peer review;
  • Methods for detecting and reducing publication bias or data mining;
  • The intersection of openness and inclusion in science;
  • Assessment of the validity or reproducibility of literature;
  • Meta-analysis and evidence synthesis;
  • Open policy analysis;
  • Transparency and reproducibility in COVID-19 or other policy-relevant research.

Eligible submissions include completed projects, work in progress, and prospective work. 


Papers or long abstracts must be submitted by Sunday, November 15, 2020 (11:59 PM Pacific Time). Notifications of acceptance will be sent by November 23, 2020.


Reach out to BITSS Senior Program Associate Aleksandar Bogdanoski (abogdanoski@berkeley.edu) with any questions about this event.


The Center for Effective for Global Action (CEGA) is pleased to announce the 2020 Fall Development Economics Challenge Grants. CEGA will offer two types of awards to support original research led by UC Berkeley PhD students: 

  1. Travel grants up to $5,000 for scoping and/or short-term fieldwork; 
  2. Seed grants up to $15,000 for extensive, longer-term projects. 

Proposed research must involve rigorous evaluation of strategies for poverty alleviation in low- and middle- income countries. Grants may be used to cover travel and lodging, data collection, or data analysis. Grant funds may not be used for student stipends.

Deadline: October 31, 2020

Eligibility Criteria: Doctoral students in the Economics Department at UC Berkeley can apply.

Each application must include a nomination from a CEGA faculty affiliate sponsor. The nomination should be emailed to corey.murray@berkeley.eduby the submission deadline (simply stating, "I have reviewed the proposed research and agree to nominate the applicant for this award").

Application Process: To apply, please submit the following in a single PDF:

  1. Application Form with Budget Template
  2. Short proposal (2 pages or less, 12 point font, single-spaced)
  3. Email nomination from faculty sponsor (emailed directly to corey.murray@berkeley.edu)

Please email Corey Murray (corey.murray@berkeley.edu) with any inquiries. 

2020 Development Economics Challenge Grants are made possible by generous contributions from Diana Walsh, Kent Walker, and Charles & Feralee Levin.

Request for Proposals

Catalyst Grants for Advancing Transparent, Reproducible, and Ethical Research

Quick Reference

Funding available: $8,000  

Max. award size: $2,000

Expected average award size: $1,000

Eligibility: Catalyst participants at 2018-2020 Research Transparency and Reproducibility Trainings (RT2). Applicants who have not already been formally designated Catalysts should first fill out this form (the form is meant to capture information about Catalyst interests and experiences, and is largely a formality).

Submission requirements: Complete this form by 11:59 pm PT on Sunday, November 8, 2020 (attachments may also be sent via the form). 

Expected award date: December 1, 2020

Full RFP: A link to the full RFP, including Assessment Criteria can be found here.

Center for Effective Global Action