The/Nudge Centre for Social Innovation and Omidyar Network India is inviting research proposals that will shed light on issues of land and housing and lead to breakthrough innovation.

They believe that high-quality research that uncovers bottlenecks and opportunities in the land and housing ecosystem will help entrepreneurs, nonprofits, philanthropists and policy-makers develop meaningful interventions for the economically disadvantaged.

Thematic Areas

They invite research in land and housing on the thematic areas mentioned below, as well as in closely allied areas.

  • Housing
    • Tenure security for low-income households, and the role of tenancy reform.
    • Financing mechanisms that facilitate access to decent housing and home improvements for the informally employed, and those with informal property documents.
    • Bundling access to civic amenities with housing, including the access to formal proofs of identification and residence at location.
  • Sustainable Livelihood
    • Call for research in this area as pertaining to economically disadvantaged groups including women, small and marginal farmers (including tenant farmers), pastoralists, miners, fishing communities, Scheduled Tribes, migrants and the urban poor.
    • Facilitation of property ownership, tenure security and land markets by governmental and non-governmental entities as a means to create and sustain livelihoods tied to housing and land.
    • Pathways that link property rights to sustainable livelihoods. Issue areas can include:
      • How aware are disadvantaged persons of their rights?
      • Do historical and present-day institutional arrangements including laws, policies, programs, schemes, intermediaries and courts enable access to property rights? (Special focus on the Swamitva Scheme)
      • What are the market linkages needed to access property?
  • Tenancy Reform & Land Leasing
    • Developing a robust evidence base on tenancy law and practices across different social groups (including women, SC/STs) and geographies, and their key policy implications.
    • Impact of Model Agriculture Land Leasing Act, 2016, including adoption, challenges and the status of implementation on ground. Have tenancy practices changed in states which adopted this Act? What should be the path forward?
  • Environment & Natural Resource Management
    • Sustainable agricultural practices that decrease emissions and improve food security, agricultural resilience including agroecology, conservation agriculture, sustainable intensification, new land stewardship models and efficient nutrient management. ‍
    • Role of secure land/forest tenure and participatory forest management in protecting ecosystems and biodiversity conservation. ‍
    • Analyzing land-use based policy implementation, interventions and public investment programs towards environmental and social outcomes
  • Migration
    • Strengthening the collection of critical data related to low-income, circular inter and intra-state migrant households, and their key policy implications related to land, housing and property.
    • The relationship between low-income circular migrants and their ownership of property & tenure security at source and destination.
    • The relationship between access to housing at destination and the decision of low-income households to participate in circular inter and intra-state migration.
    • Programs and pilots that facilitate easier access to housing and livelihoods for low-income migrant households. What are traditional means that migrants use to overcome these information asymmetries? What are the policy implications?

Funding Information

  • Upto 6 Lakhs for secondary research
  • Upto 25 lakhs for primary research

Grant Duration

  • Upto 6 months for secondary research
  • Upto 1 year for primary research

Eligibility Criteria

  • Researchers, research centers, think tanks, nonprofits, individuals
  • Types of research
    • Qualitative or quantitative research, bias for technology

For more information, visit Call for Applications.

Name of the Organisation
The/Nudge Centre for Social Innovation
Grant Amount
INR 25 Lakh
Closing date of Proposal
Sunday, 27 September, 2020
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