Concept Development

Our program officers work to identify ideas that support our strategic priorities, in consultation with researchers, policymakers, and other partners in the field. This phase concludes with an internal decision that a concept is aligned to a strategy, and we should proceed with development work.


In some cases, we invite one or more partners to discuss the concept with us and explore their interest and their capacity to undertake the work. If partnershas the expertise, capacity, and interest, we will invite them to submit a concept memo or proposal.,

Investment Development

We give applicants guidelines and templates for developing a proposal, a budget, and a results framework and tracker. A program officer reviews submitted materials with internal and, at times, external experts and works with the applicant to integrate recommended changes.