ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Tata-Cornell Institute

NCAER National Data Innovation Centre (NDIC)

Request for Student Research Proposals supervised by Faculty Members

Last Date for Submission of Proposals: 17th 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 RFP is to seek for proposals on methodologies for data collection and analysis across the following domains: gender equity, income from different sources, consumption expenditure, employment and unemployment, financial inclusion, health insurance and health expenditure, and agriculture.

The proposals should focus on innovative ideas to improve data quality on the following aspects:

  • Fulfilling data needs and bridging gaps
  • Mode of data collection
  • Questionnaire designing
  • Social desirability bias
  • Interview setting
  • Survey implementation

Eligibility and Funding

Students pursuing their PhD degree or equivalent in any Indian academic or research institute are eligible to apply. MA and M.Phil. Students are also eligible to apply if strong faculty mentoring is available. We seek proposals from student–faculty teams in order to promote innovations, build skills and foster collaborations between the researchers and senior faculty. NCAER-NDIC will support a budget of up to Rs. 6 lakhs 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 provision for five 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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