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NCAER National Data Innovation Centre (NDIC)

Request for Proposals (RFP) on Methodological Experiments with Telephone Surveys in India

Launch date for Proposals: July 20, 2018

Last Date for Submission of Proposals: 31 August, 2018

The National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) is India's oldest and largest independent, non-profit, economic research institute. NCAER with its consortium partners, University of Maryland and University of Michigan, has recently set up a new National Data Innovation Centre (NDIC). Initial funding for NDIC is provided by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Request for Proposal (RFP)

The focus of the current RFP is to seek proposals on data collection experiments involving phone surveys across the following themes: household income and expenditure, labour force participation, financial inclusion, health insurance and out-of-pocket expenditure, gender equality and empowerment, other forms of social inequality, and agriculture.

The proposals on these themes should focus on generating evidence in the context of the following specific areas relevant to phone surveys:

  • Sampling frame for mobile phone surveys
  • Non-response bias and measurement bias in telephone surveys
  • Comparison between face-to-face surveys and phone surveys
  • Appropriate length of survey questionnaire for phone surveys
  • Comparison between different phone-based modes of data collection
  • Variation in mobile phone coverage across regions
  • Impact of respondent and interviewer characteristics
  • Survey of sensitive behaviour
  • Mixed-mode data collection methods

Eligibility and Funding

Applicants affiliated to any academic or research institutes, non-profit organisations, and private companies that have experience in primary data collection and have offices within India are eligible to apply. The Centre will support a budget of up to Rs. 20 lakh (inclusive of all applicable taxes) for a period of 12 months. The budget should clearly indicate the actual needs and modes of utilisation of the funding for the proposed project. There is a provision for two such grants. Only one grant from each applicant will be considered for funding.

All applications must be emailed to Arpita Kayal, Programme Manager, NDIC (, in a single PDF document (with the text in ‘Georgia’ font, point size 12).

For details of the application procedure and selection criteria, please visit the NCAER website (




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